Myofunctional therapy helps patients restore the normal resting position of their tongue, in addition to correcting improper swallowing and the way tongue and facial muscles interact. All this is important because each of us swallows as many as 1,000 times a day and constantly use our facial muscles, even if we're not aware we are. By not correcting these issues, serious harm can be done. For instance, patients could develop misaligned teeth or jaws, or may have trouble with TMJ dysfunction and teeth or jaw clenching.
Often, lying at the root of orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) are structural, neurological, or genetic issues. In other cases, though, a bad habit is at fault. Bad habits can include behavior like thumb or finger-sucking; biting or sucking your lip, cheek, tongue, or nails; or improper tongue position.
Through myofunctional therapy, though, it's possible to restore the proper relationship between the tongue and facial muscles. For instance, conducting myofunctional therapy early in a patient's life can make it easier for teeth to align properly during developmental years. A proper relationship between the tongue and facial muscles can also make it easier for a patient to receive orthodontic treatment, and can even enhance a patient's overall appearance.
Call Dalton Designer Smiles in Conway to reserve your consultation with Dr. Dalton. He'll take time to discuss your immediate concerns and long-term oral health or cosmetic dentistry goals. Rest assured, a smile designed and created by Dr. Dalton will be comfortable, attractive, and built with integrity. We serve patients from Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Cabot, as well as patients from all of Arkansas and surrounding states.