Myofunctional Therapy


Orofacial myofunctional disorders prohibit your tongue and facial muscles from optimally functioning. Over time, these disorders can seriously impact the quality of your life—leading to issues like sleep-disordered breathing or malocclusions. A variety of behaviors fall into this category, including:

On top of these dental and physical problems, myofunctional disorders can also change your aesthetic appearance for the worse. This includes a dull, sluggish appearance from malocclusions, facial grimacing from improper swallowing, and a general dislike for your mouth being open at rest.

If left untreated, these disorders can cause speech problems, such as a lisp or difficulty articulating sounds, teeth shifting, as well as poor oral health. They can also cause issues such as sleep-disordered breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, and TMJ disorders—all of which impact quality of life and worsen total-body wellness.

How we can help:

At Bowen Legacy Dental, we focus on your holistic wellness—rather than just treating your symptoms. Myofunctional therapy allows us to tackle the underlying causes of many dental and wellness issues. This therapy is a fully noninvasive treatment that involves a sequence of exercises to promote nasal breathing, ideal tongue and mouth posture, as well as swallowing properly. These exercises are customized to fit your individual needs and goals. When used properly, you can strengthen your tongue and orofacial muscles, so they perform their appropriate functions while resting, chewing, speaking, swallowing, or sleeping.

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