Maine Dentistry provides myofunctional therapy in Auburn, Gray, and Portland, Maine. To learn about myofunctional therapy or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
What Is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional therapy is a treatment option for patients who have an abnormal tongue position that affects their breathing. The goal of myofunctional therapy is to help patients learn how to reposition their tongue and jaw during times of rest (not eating or talking). Myofunctional therapy involves physical exercises of the face, neck, and soft tissues of the mouth that train the tongue and jaw to sit differently. It helps encourage proper breathing and speaking.
Myofunctional therapy is sometimes combined with an oral appliance that helps position your jaw and tongue correctly. Maine dentistry provides Myobrace appliances for patients to help accelerate your myofunctional therapy results.
Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy
Myofunctional therapy is beneficial in a variety of ways:
- Non-invasive. Myofunctional therapy does not involve surgery or any invasive procedures. It is simply a series of exercises you can do daily to change the way your tongue and mouth rests when not in use. A removable appliance may be used in combination with myofunctional therapy that will only need to be worn at night and for a few hours during the day.
- Can treat sleep apnea. One potential benefit of myofunctional therapy is that it may stop snoring and cure sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by breathing problems.
- May improve facial appearance. The shape of your face may change some with myofunctional therapy, and the results are a physical improvement in your appearance.
- Effective at any age. Myofunctional therapy can work for many patients from young children to older adults. When applied in early childhood, it can correct existing issues and prevent the need for further treatment as an adult.
Maine dentistry provides both myofunctional therapy and an oral appliance called Myobrace. When combined, these treatments can retrain your tongue and jaw to rest properly and promote better breathing during the day and night.
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Myotherapy works independently from braces and may even prevent the need for braces when it is applied in childhood. However, some patients may still benefit from braces in addition to myotherapy if the alignment of the teeth or bite is an issue.
Myobrace is an oral appliance that is worn in the mouth. It repositions the tongue and jaw, encouraging and retraining your mouth to stay in the correct position. You’ll need to wear it for a few months to a few years depending on how long it takes to get results. Myobrace is often combined with myofunctional therapy.
Your dentist will teach you some exercises that you can do at home. You’ll need to repeat them daily and try to be aware of the position of your mouth when you’re breathing. Your dentist may modify your exercises as your treatment progresses to help you achieve the desired results.
You may notice that you feel less tired because you are getting better quality sleep. Your speech may improve as well as your ability to chew and swallow your food. The physical appearance of your face may also change in a positive way.
Learn more about myofunctional therapy today. Contact us to schedule a consultation.