Myofunctional orthodontics focuses on correcting improper orofacial muscle function and tongue posture. It aims to address issues such as tongue thrust, incorrect swallowing patterns, and mouth breathing, which can contribute to orthodontic problems like underdeveloped jaw and crooked teeth.
Treatment often involves exercises and therapy to improve muscle coordination and function. By retraining the oral muscles and promoting proper tongue posture and breathing, myofunctional orthodontics can aid in the alignment of teeth and jaw development. This approach not only enhances the aesthetics of the smile but also supports overall oral health and function.
Integrated with orthodontic treatment to improve function, overall well-being and post orthodontic treatment stability.
Oral myofunctional therapy typically involves exercises & techniques designed to improve muscle tone and function in the mouth and face. These may include tongue, lip and cheek exercises, and breathing exercises.
The goal of oral myofunctional therapy is to achieve nose breathing, lip seal and good tongue posture. By this, we address functional issues that may be contributing:
In Hello Dental, we take our patients breathing very seriously. Every child should breath through the nose!
Mouth breathing in children can be a common issue and can be caused by various factors: allergies, nasal congestion, enlarged tonsils, or even habit.
It leads to a range of problems if left untreated, including:
Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is unusually short or tight. This can restrict the movement of the tongue and cause difficulty with speaking, eating, & breastfeeding.
Not all tongue tie needs to be released. At Hello Dental, we provide laser functional frenectomy when indicated.
We access the tongue function, tone and coordination to ensure release is done functionally (not just a snip but also with exercises) to strengthen tongue tone.
Pacifiers are a common tool used to soothe infants and young children. While they can be helpful in the short term, prolonged pacifier use can lead to dental issues such as malocclusion (misaligned teeth), drooling and problems with speech development.
At Hello Dental, we can help you determine if pacifier use and drooling are impacting your child’s dental health and develop a plan to address any issues that arise.
Thumb sucking is a common habit among infants and young children, and it is a natural way for them to self-soothe and feel comfortable. However, if the habit persists beyond the age of 4 or 5, it can begin to cause problems with the development of the mouth and teeth.
If you are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habit, there are many way to approach including behavioral therapy and chewing appliance. In Hello Dental, we believe is important to approach the issue with patience and understanding.
The goal of early interceptive orthodontics is to address specific orthodontic issues before they become more severe and difficult to treat. This may include correcting bite problems, such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite, as well as addressing issues related to crowding, spacing, or missing teeth.
Interceptive orthodontic treatment may involve the use of various appliances, such as braces, expanders, or space maintainers, to help guide the growth and development of the teeth and jaw naturally. By addressing these issues early on, it may be possible to avoid more extensive and invasive orthodontic treatment later in life.
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