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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy addresses function of the tongue, lips, and orofacial muscles. It is concerned with the correct posture, position, and/or patterning of the tongue and lips during rest, breathing, chewing, or swallowing.

 

There are many different reasons why a person might have a myofunctional disorder. Our most common treatments are for open- mouth breathing, tongue thrust swallow patterns, and speech sound concerns. Additionally, we can provide programs to reduce risk of re-attachment following the release of a tongue tie. Orofacial Therapy of Alaska does not use any appliances, rakes, or other intra-oral devices to deter or eliminate behaviors. Instead, each patient works through a specialized program of exercises. A full evaluation will help determine your needs. Orofacial Therapy of Alaska will work with your dentist or orthodontist if you have co-existing needs.

 

Orofacial Therapy of Alaska also treats traditional speech/language needs.