When changing habits practice makes perfect

Speech Pathology can improve your pronunciation, irrespective of the cause

A recipe for success in therapy: Fun

A recipe for success in therapy: Family Involvement

Acccurate diagnosis is key

A thorough assessment is critical for a clear diagnosis

Computer Apps can help with practice

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice can enhance facial aesthetics

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice can help you change oral habits

Speech Pathology can help you to overcome your communication challenges

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice modifies swallowing, chewing and breathing habits

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice

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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Practice  (OFM)?

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice is the study of orofacial (mouth and face) myo- (muscle) functional disorders.

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice examines orofacial structure, function, posture and habit patterns, that may disrupt normal development and stability of the teeth, mouth and jaws and affect how well the upper airway works for breathing and voice, night and day. More recently, advances sleep medicine recognise the role of airway for good quality sleep at night, & hails a new era and new role for myofunctional science and practice in medicine. 

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice is based upon dental science: however, Orofacial Myofunctional therapy is not dental treatment per se.

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice draws upon behavioural and neuromuscular science, the psychology of habit change, and a thorough understanding of the functional science around swallowing chewing breathing speech voice and resonance. Professionals who train in this specialty area are primarily Speech Pathologists and Dental Hygienists. However, many professionals show an interest in this area and use OFM adjunctively in their patient management, including Dentists, Orthodontists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors.

Who needs an Orofacial Myofunctional Practitioner?

Your Medical Specialist, Dentist, Orthodontist or Speech Pathologist, may have referred you, because they have already formed an opinion that you would benefit from an Orofacial Myofunctional assessment and treatment program. Best results occur with a team effort. Early detection and treatment is ideal but therapy can occur at any age.

Common reasons for referral:

  • “Zac has Pierre-Robins Syndrome, had a cleft palate repair but continues to have, swallowing, breathing and speech difficulties”
  • “Ellie wants her braces off for the school formal, but the Orthodontist said not until the tongue thrust is fixed”
  • “my son is 6 and still has a dummy at night and it is wrecking his teeth”
  • “Please assess Tim’s tongue-tie and provide pre- and post frenectomy training at your discretion”
  • “Please correct Johnny’s tongue thrust swallow”
  • “Samantha has Downe’s Syndrome with low tone and developmental issues that effect swallowing chewing and speech”
  • “Paul’s anterior open bite has relapsed after removal of his braces, due to tongue habits”
  • “Michael is 3 years old and has hypotonia with saliva control problems”
  • “Samuel is a mouth breather with accompanying open mouth posture”
  • “Please assist Finlay with his poor chewing and swallowing habits”
  • “Susan’s tongue habits are not responding to orthodontic appliance treatment and may contribute to relapse”
  • “Please assess Dion’s speech sound errors which are not correcting with traditional Speech Pathology techniques"
  • “Jack has delayed tooth eruption and poorly aligned teeth associated with tongue habits”
  • “I hate how my double chin looks in photos”
  • “It hurts when I open my mouth wide like yawning, and I am grinding my teeth”
  • "no matter how much sleep I get, I still wake tired"

    

How do I choose an Orofacial Myofunctional Practitioner?

Some patients who have been active on the internet, find information about this field and refer themselves. If you are self-referring, ask your Orofacial Myofunctional therapist about specialist training they have in this area of expertise. Where did they train? When did they train? How many patients have they seen with the type of problem you are presenting with? You can ask for a professional reference that shows background clinical experience and/or proof of training. What professional support networks or associations do they belong to?

How do I make an appointment?

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Orofacial Myofunctional Practice is the study of patterns of muscle use and rest postures, of the face and the mouth

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Early detection and treatment is ideal but therapy can occur at any age