What are the symptoms of an Oral Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?

There is a wide range of symptoms  such as mouth breathing and sleep disordered breathing issues, to chewing and swallowing  issues such as tongue thrusting. 

What are the causes of OMDs?

Structural issues: such as cleft lip and palates, lip and tongue ties

Airway issues: such as enlarged tonsils/adnoids, allergies

Oral Habits: such as thumb sucking , prolonged pacifier use

Who can Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) help?

Generally OMT as a full postural and swallowing program would be initiated at around 7 years old. However, children younger than 7 can benefit from a modified OMT program.

Am I too old to start OMT?

OMT can help anyone at any age. You are never to old for restoring facial balance and symmetry.

What if I do not take care of the OMD?

 If left untreated, incorrect oral resting postures and mouth breathing, as well as negative oral habits, alter both facial growth and can cause dental malocclusions and/or periodontal issues. OMDs are the cause of open bites, long droopy faces or retruted jaws, asymmetrical noses, and many more facial changes. Orthodontic work often relapses in untreated cases. 

What kind of results can I expect from OMT?

Within as little as a few weeks, clients may see dental changes, such as an open bite beginning to close, or relief from TMJ pain after learning correct rest posture.  Clients report decreased digestive issues after learning breathing and chewing habits, as well as overall facial symmetry and less overall neck and jaw tension.