What is Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy?

The prefix ‘myo’ means muscle, so it is the study of the oral and facial muscles, with emphasis on the lips, tongue, and cheeks.  According to Sandra R. Holtzman, Orofacial Myology is "The study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall mental and physical health". (Sandra R. Holtzman, M.S., CCC/SLP, COM)

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is postural training of the tongue and facial muscles in the way that they function at rest and in speech, chewing, and swallowing. This therapy is used for orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD’s) and parafunctional or harmful sucking habits. 

We use a team approach to therapy by collaborating with other professionals, such as Orthodontists, Oral Surgeons, ENT's, General and Pediatric Dentists, Pediatricians, Allergists, Sleep Specialists, and Speech Language Pathologists.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

The Habit Sucking Therapy is ideal for ages 4 and older and can last anywhere from 10 days to a month.  

This depends on the cooperation and readiness of you or your child.  These are fun, positive reinforcement sessions which help replace the thumb resting on the roof of the mouth with the tongue. We will have voice, text, or personal contact every day throughout this program. The first in-person session will be approximately 30 minutes.

Treatment of other OMD's usually lasts for 4-5 months.  

Everyone's mouth is different, so the exercises are tailored to help you or

your child achieve the best possible outcome.

Sessions will consist of oral photos, measurements, and exercises.  

The initial exam is 1-1.5 hours, followed by 30 minute weekly or

bi-weekly therapy sessions.  

We will work hard together, but I promise that we will make it fun!  

According to the IAOM, Treatment of an OMD may help:

  • Guide the teeth into a more desirable relationship during the growth and developmental years 
  • Assist the orthodontist in aligning the teeth and jaws properly
  • Assist stabilization of the teeth during and/or after orthodontic treatment and/or surgery
  • Improve the clarity of speech
  • Assist in maintaining optimum oral health for a lifetime of benefits.
  • Enhance overall appearance