Have you ever heard of myofunctional therapy? This type of therapy is successful in treating a variety of issues in patients of all ages. While it’s often used on children to help them grow, develop, and speak properly, myofunctional therapy can also provide adults with a variety of benefits. Read on to learn about the advantages of receiving oral myofunctional therapy in Tyler as an adult.
Myofunctional therapy may sound involved but it’s actually about as minimally invasive as treatment options can get! It involves exercises that can be performed in a matter of minutes. Plus, you can do these exercises while participating your normal daily activities like watching TV, cooking, or getting your kids from school. Just make sure that you remain consistent—repetition is the key to myofunctional therapy and you’ll start to see results after about 6 months.
#2. Quicker Orthodontic Treatment
One of the main reasons why adults don’t choose to straighten their teeth is that they don’t want to deal with the hassle and appearance of braces. However, myofunctional therapy makes it easier for your mouth to support removeable orthodontic methods like clear aligners. This option is not only more aesthetically pleasing, but it’s quicker than traditional braces, especially in combination with myofunctional therapy.
#3. Sleep Apnea Relief
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects millions of Americans. When left untreated, it can cause higher risks of heart issues like stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and more. Myofunctional therapy helps increase the strength of your mouth, tongue, and neck, which can actually prevent the collapse of your throat muscles, keeping your airway clear during sleep.
#4. Improved Appearance
Myofunctional therapy trains your body to rest naturally, treating mouth breathing, changing your posture with your lips closed, teeth closed, and tongue resting against the top of your mouth. This can actually transform your appearance, narrowing the arches and lengthening your facial structure. Typically, these changes give patients a more beautiful and youthful appearance.
#5. It Works for Almost Anyone
While myofunctional therapy works better for children because their bones are rapidly growing, this treatment is still incredibly beneficial for adults. Your body is always changing, and the jawbone is one of the most dynamic bones in the body. Myofunctional therapy keeps everything working properly and prevents functional problems from occurring in the jaw.
Now that you know about the benefits of myofunctional therapy for adults, what are you waiting for? Contact your OMT specialist in Tyler to get started!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Tad Morgan is a native Texan who takes pride in helping patients of all ages gain the function they need and deserve to enjoy great lives. He is an affiliate of The Breathe Institute and has trained with the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics. If you have any questions, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (903) 825-1112.