Royal Oak and Birmingham, MI
Have you ever heard of myofunctional therapy? This isn’t just a fancy-sounding word; it’s a form of therapy that has been successful in treating a host of different orofacial myofunctional disorders that affect people of all ages. Myofunctional therapists in Royal Oak want to make sure you’re aware of this therapy and its advantages. While myofunctional therapy is most often prescribed for children, adults can benefit from it too. Find out five ways that adults can benefit from this therapy.
Benefit 1: It’s convenient
In fact, myofunctional therapy is about as minimally invasive as any type of treatment out there. The exercises can be performed in a few minutes, and you can do them whenever you like: while waiting to pick up your kids from school, watching TV, or cooking. The key is repetition. While each patient is different, a typical course of myofunctional therapy starts to bear significant results after about six months.
Benefit 2: It improves and/or shortens orthodontic treatment
Many adults who want to straighten their teeth are self-conscious about getting braces because of the perceived social stigma associated with having them at that stage in life. Myofunctional therapy makes it possible to spend less time in braces or avoid them altogether. When you go through myofunctional therapy, the muscles in your cheeks and jaw are stronger, as is your tongue. This can make it easier for your mouth to support a removable method of orthodontic treatment, such as the clear plastic aligners used with Invisalign treatment. Having a removable appliance also makes it easier to clean your teeth and maintain a high level of dental hygiene.
Benefit 3: It can help relieve sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that affects more than 22 million Americans. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that must be treated by a qualified professional to alleviate. Patients living with untreated sleep apnea eventually face an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Myofunctional therapy actually can help treat sleep apnea. A course of myofunctional exercises can strengthen the mouth, tongue, and neck muscles, preventing soft tissue collapses that occur during sleep. When these muscles become stronger, it becomes easier to maintain an open airway while sleeping.
Benefit 4: It can improve your looks
Yes, myofunctional therapy actually can change your looks. If you breathe through your mouth all of the time, this can alter your appearance: narrowing dental arches and lengthening the facial structure. Myofunctional therapy addresses the root cause of mouth breathing by encouraging optimum oral rest posture—with lips closed, teeth closed, and the tongue resting gently against the roof of the mouth. The ideal oral rest posture encourages nasal breathing, which over time, can reshape your face. The younger a patient is when beginning myofunctional therapy, the more significant the facial changes will be.
Benefit 5: Myofunctional therapy works for almost anyone
And we do mean everyone. Although this type of therapy works best on children and adolescents, adults also can benefit. Your body is always changing and remodeling itself—and 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 myofunctional therapy.
Myofunctional Therapy for Adults in Royal Oak
Now that you’ve learned about the benefits of myofunctional therapy, are you ready to experience it for yourself? At Hartrick Dentistry, we work with an experienced, licensed myofunctional therapist in the Royal Oak area. To find out more, schedule a consultation today by calling our office at (248) 549-0950.
Hartrick Dentistry is proud to serve patients in the areas of Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan.