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  Orofacial myofunctional therapy is an exercise program designed to correct the
proper function of the tongue and facial muscles used at rest and for
swallowing. These habits are hard to break, and successful therapy results can
only be achieved by fully participating in a customized exercise program that is
structured to meet the individual's needs. Therapy success is achieved by
consistent daily exercises until the patient has subconsciously corrected their
improper muscle pattern. This requires constant commitment by the patient,
parental support and time. Treatment usually takes place over a 4- 12 month
period, although length the length of the program may vary. Ideally weekly
sessions for 2 months, followed by bi weekly maintenance, for 3 months, and
additional monthly sessions make up the entire program. Therapy varies per
individual needs. Mini programs addressing certain specific issues are also
available.
Habit cessation can also be achieved with the proper therapy, and willingness of
the patient. Many orofacial myofunctional disorders can lead to an abnormal
bite. And, orthodontics will be necessary to reposition dental problems that
have already occurred. Proper swallowing patterns, establishing a normal
tongue resting posture, along with proper lip seal and nasal breathing can assist
with stabilization of the teeth during and/or after orthodontic treatment.

 
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