What are myofunctional disorders?
It is an unfavorable muscle tension in the mouth area that causes the tongue to be in an incorrect resting position or unable to hold it. An abnormal movement pattern of the tongue and lips during swallowing means that the tongue moves forward improperly during each act of swallowing (about 1000-2000 times a day) and presses against the teeth. In this way, it can shift the teeth and / or deform the jaws. Completion of orthodontic treatment without changing the above habits usually results in a return of malocclusion.
Who is the therapy for?
For people with:
- opened mouth,
- mouth breathing
- thickened and reddened lower lip,
- wet lower lip,
- saliva in the corners of the mouth
- tongue in a resting position, pressing against the teeth or lying between the teeth,
- poorly expressed facial expressions,
- problems with posture.
What are the possible consequences of an untreated myofunctional disorder?
- Permanent problems with articulation and / or slurred speech;
- wrong positioning of the jaws and teeth (e.g. strongly protruding front teeth, cross bite, open bite, etc.);
- problems with the temporomandibular joints;
- periodontitis due to the pressure and pressure of the tongue on the gums.
What does the therapy look like?
The aim of myofunctional therapy is to achieve the correct resting position of the tongue, closing the mouth and swallowing properly. This is achieved thanks to appropriate exercises of the muscles of the tongue, lips and the whole body, performed systematically under the supervision of the therapist and continued at home.