Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional Therapy

Assessing a patient for orthodontics sometimes uncovers tongue thrust and speech issues, which play a role in the position of the teeth and the overall appearance and health of a patient. Quimby & Collins Orthodontics will refer patients to speech specialists when such issues are detected. Doing so insures that the whole health of the mouth is being considered.

Correct position of the tongue, when swallowing, is important to our patients overall mouth health. To swallow properly, muscles and nerves of the tongue, cheeks and throat must work together in harmony. When a person swallows normally, the tip of the tongue presses firmly against the roof of the mouth or hard palate, just behind the front teeth. Because a person swallows 500-1000 times a day, it's easy to see how improper swallowing can cause a variety of problems. However, it is the improper resting position of the tongue that can do the most damage. Working with a speech specialist can correct these issues.

Please contact our office for referrals.

 

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