Orofacial myofunctional therapy is more than just tongue thrust therapy. The goal is to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles by using targeted exercises for oral posture retraining. Strengthening the tongue and facial muscles makes it easier to keep the tongue on the roof of the mouth, stop the tongue from resting on the teeth, keep lips closed, eliminate a tongue thrust and breathe through the nose.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy works for all ages. Although children and adolescents see the most improvement, adults can also benefit. Your body is always changing and remodeling itself—and orofacial myofunctional therapy capitalizes on the fact that your jawbones are among the most dynamic bones in the entire body. That means they’re more receptive to the forces released when performing therapeutic exercises.
Of all the treatment options available, orofacial myofunctional therapy is probably the least invasive. In many cases, all we’re talking about is performing some simple exercises for a few minutes a day. You can often do these exercises anytime and anywhere you want. Do them while you’re watching TV or while you’re cooking dinner. You can even do them while driving to school or work.