Q: What is Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?
A: Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) involves developing an awareness of the orofacial musculature, implementing a series of exercises to tone, strengthen, establish correct placement and function of the tonque, lips, jaw, and throat to produce normal patterns of swallowing, tongue resting posture, and speech.
Q: The orthodontist said my daughter needs to get braces again because of her tongue thrust. What does that mean and why did her teeth move so much after we removed her braces?
A: A tongue thrust is a consistent pushing of the tongue against the front teeth during a swallow, when at rest, and during speech. This pressure against the teeth over time will cause the teeth to move out of alignment. Tongue thrust therapy is needed to correct this negative behavior and ensure a successful outcome for your daughter following the removal of her braces.
Q: How long does Oral Myofunctional Therapy last?
A: Usually 2 to 3 months; 1 forty five minute session a week. The patient’s age and severity of problem must also be taken in to consideration.