Myofunctional therapy can change how jaw, face, and mouth muscles interact with one another. The more functional they are, the easier it is to breathe, chew, and speak. We’ll look at why it’s used to treat multiple conditions and its main benefits.
If you’re asked to take part in myofunctional therapy in Solon, OH, it may be for any of the following reasons:
- Apnea: The tighter the airway is, the more likely you are to have problems with snoring or obstructions while asleep. Myofunctional therapy widens the airway so everyone can breathe at night.
- Speech: If the tongue is too low or it’s pushed up against the teeth, it can disrupt a person’s speech patterns. In addition to widening the airway for clearer annunciation, myofunctional therapy can be used to help people improve their patterns.
- Grinding: For those who grind their teeth at night, myofunctional therapy can create more space in the mouth, thus cutting back on grinding (and the pain that stems from it).
- TMJ: Improving the muscles of the face can help shift the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This can reduce the discomfort of temporomandibular joint disorder.
- Misalignment: Bringing the upper and lower jaw back into alignment can correct problems and prevent malocclusions.
The best part is that this therapy has the ability to correct multiple issues at the same time.
Find an Orthodontist in Shaker Heights
At McGuire Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics, we can tell you that myofunctional therapy has made a real difference in our patient’s lives. With locations in Shaker Heights and Solon, OH, you can find an orthopedist who can tell you more about what your conditions are and whether this treatment will be able to correct the problems.