​​​​​​​​You may need Myofunctional Therapy if you answer yes to any of the following questions:​

  • Do you suck your thumb, finger, tongue, or pacifier?
  • Do you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose?
  • Are your teeth shifting out of alignment after orthodontic treatment?
  • Does your tongue ever push against your front teeth during swallowing?  
  • Is your tongue resting on the floor of your mouth or in the middle of your mouth?
  • Do you bite your fingernails?
  • Are you a noisy or messy eater?
  • Do you grind or clench your teeth?
  • Do you have trouble with speech?
  • Do you have trouble swallowing?

How prevalent are myofunctional disorders?

Recent research examining orofacial myofunctional disorders in various populations have found a prevalence of anywhere from 38% in the general population to 81% in children exhibiting speech/articulation problems. (Kellum,1992, Maul, et.al,1999).​​

What causes an orofacial myofunctional disorder?​​

According to the IAOM, It is often difficult to identify a single cause for an orofacial myofunctional disorder. Most disorders involve a combination of factors that may include:

  • An airway restriction from enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies or anatomical deviations involving the nasal cavity or pharynx.
  • Improper oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, cheek or nail biting, teeth clenching or grinding.
  • Neurological and sensori-neural developmental delays or abnormalities.
  • Structural or physiological abnormalities such as short lingual frenum (tongue-tie).
  • Hereditary predisposition to any of the above factors.