Myofunctional Therapy in Charlotte

What is Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy is a specialized treatment that targets the muscles of the face and mouth, improving their functionality and coordination. This non-invasive therapy is often used to correct oral and facial habits that can impact speech, swallowing, breathing, and even facial development. It's a therapeutic method that focuses on neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles, including the tongue. The therapy includes exercises that are designed to improve the strength, tone, and control of these muscles, which can have a profound impact on overall health and wellbeing.

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Myofunctional therapy can help improve your sleep quality by addressing breathing issues.

The Myofunctional Therapy Treatment Process

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Assessment

The first step in the myofunctional therapy process is a comprehensive assessment. During this session, our highly trained therapists at Infinity Smiles will evaluate your oral and facial muscle functionality. We'll look at how your tongue, lips, and jaw work together when you swallow, speak, and breathe. We also assess your posture and sleeping habits. This thorough evaluation allows us to identify any issues and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

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Therapy Sessions

After the initial assessment, we move on to the therapy sessions. These sessions involve specific exercises that target the muscles in and around the mouth and face. The exercises are designed to improve muscle tone, strength, and coordination, helping to correct any identified issues. These sessions are conducted on a regular basis, and the exercises are also practiced at home to reinforce the therapy and accelerate progress.

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Follow-Up and Maintenance

The final step in the myofunctional therapy process is follow-up and maintenance. After completing the therapy sessions, our team will continue to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Regular follow-up appointments ensure that the improvements made during therapy are maintained for long-term health benefits.

The Benefits Of Myofunctional Therapy

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Improved Breathing

One of the primary benefits of myofunctional therapy is improved breathing. By strengthening and retraining the muscles associated with breathing, this therapy can help individuals breathe more efficiently through their nose, improving oxygen levels in the body, enhancing sleep quality, and reducing the likelihood of sleep apnea. Additionally, it can alleviate symptoms associated with chronic mouth breathing, such as dry mouth and bad breath, leading to an overall improvement in respiratory health.

Enhanced Speech Clarity

Myofunctional therapy can significantly improve speech clarity. By addressing the tongue's position and improving the coordination of facial muscles, this therapy can aid in the pronunciation of certain sounds and words, making speech clearer and more understandable.

Better Oral Health

By correcting oral habits like mouth breathing and tongue thrusting, myofunctional therapy can contribute to better oral health. Proper tongue position and swallowing can prevent issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and malocclusion, contributing to a healthier mouth and a more confident smile.

Did you know…

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Myofunctional therapy can also help alleviate symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.