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Myofunctional Therapy Orthodontics

Myofunctional therapy orthodontics focuses on correcting improper orofacial muscle function and tongue posture. It aims to address issues such as tongue thrust, incorrect swallowing patterns, and oral 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.

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Who benefits?

  1. Children: Kids with speech problems, misaligned teeth, or mouth-breathing habits
  2. Teenagers: Adolescents with underdeveloped jaw, severe protruding teeth, open bite
  3. Adults: Jaw pain, snoring, grinding, clenching and poor sleep quality.

Integrated with orthodontic treatment to improve function, overall well-being and post orthodontic treatment stability.

Our Approach

  1. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
  2. Habit Breaking
  3. Breathing Re-education
  4. Myofunctional Appliances
  5. Expanders
  6. Working alongside other disciplinaries:-
    – Body Workers
    – ENT
    – Speech Language Pathologist
    – Feeding Therapist
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Oral Myofunctional Therapy

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:

  • long face growth pattern
  • open mouth posture
  • buck teeth or excessive tooth spacing
  • poor oral habits, e.g. reverse swallow pattern
  • speech/feeding difficulties

Mouth Breathing

In Hello Dental, we take our patient’s breathing very seriously. Every child should breathe 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:

  • open mouth posture leading to dry mouth and throat, bad breath, sore throat or infection
  • Increased risk of dental problems: cavities, gum disease, and malocclusion (misaligned teeth)
  • Increased risk of respiratory infections, including colds, flu, and sinusitis
  • Poor sleep quality, which can lead to daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and behavioural issues
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Tongue Tie

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 ties need 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.

Pacifier & Drooling

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.

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Thumb Sucking

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 ways to approach, including behavioural therapy and chewing appliances. In Hello Dental, we believe it is important to approach the issue with patience and understanding.

Early Interceptive Orthodontics

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 cross bite, 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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What Our Clinic has to offer

Holistic Dentist

Our dentists don't just look at your gums and teeth - we look at your overall well-being.

We want all our patients to breathe right & function optimally.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

We work alongside ENT, Bodyworkers, therapists and lactation consultants as our body functions as a system.

To achieve holistic goals, it has to be a holistic approach.

Cosy Environment

Our dental clinic is designed NOT to look like a clinic - when you & your child steps in, it feels like home.

You get a sense of calmness.

Our Partners

MYOMUNCHEE available

Who would benefit?

  • open mouth posture
  • drooling
  • picky or messy eater
  • snoring/clenching/grinding at sleep
  • pacifier or thumb sucking
  • crowded teeth
  • tongue thrusting
I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the excellent care you have provided for my child's teeth. As a parent, it means the world to me to know that my child's dental health is in such capable and caring hands.

Your kindness and patience during our visits have been greatly appreciated, and your expertise and professionalism have given me the confidence that my child's dental health is being well taken care of. Your dedication to your profession is truly remarkable, and we feel blessed to have you as our dentist.

Once again, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for all that you do. Your care and attention have made such a positive impact on my child's life, and we are truly grateful for it.
Liow QY
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