What is myofunctional therapy?
Myofunctional therapy is a set of exercises that are designed to improve the function of the muscles in your mouth, face, and throat. These exercises can help to improve the alignment of your teeth, reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar, and improve your overall oral health.
Who can benefit from myofunctional therapy?
Myofunctional therapy can benefit people of all ages, but it is especially beneficial for people with the following conditions:
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw pain
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Sleep apnea
- Mouth breathing
- Speech problems
- Facial asymmetry
How does myofunctional therapy work?
The exercises in myofunctional therapy are designed to strengthen and retrain the muscles in your mouth, face, and throat. When these muscles are strong and healthy, they can help to keep your teeth aligned and prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar.
What are the exercises involved in myofunctional therapy?
The exercises in myofunctional therapy vary depending on the individual’s needs. Some common exercises include:
- Tongue exercises: These exercises help to strengthen the tongue and improve its position in the mouth.
- Lip exercises: These exercises help to strengthen the lips and improve their seal around the teeth.
- Cheek exercises: These exercises help to strengthen the cheeks and improve their support for the teeth.
- Breathing exercises: These exercises help to improve nasal breathing and reduce mouth breathing.
How long does myofunctional therapy take?
The length of time it takes to see results from myofunctional therapy varies depending on the individual. Some people may see results in a few weeks, while others may need to continue the exercises for several months or even years.
How often do I need to do the exercises?
The exercises should be done regularly, at least twice a day. It is important to be consistent with the exercises in order to see results.
Can myofunctional therapy cause any side effects?
Myofunctional therapy is generally safe, but it is possible to experience some side effects, such as:
- Soreness in the muscles of the mouth, face, and throat
- Pain in the teeth or jaw
- Dry mouth
If you experience any side effects, talk to your dentist or myofunctional therapist.
How can I find a myofunctional therapist?
You can find a myofunctional therapist by asking your dentist for a referral. You can also search online for myofunctional therapists in your area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your dental needs. https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview
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