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Welcome to Balanced Faces

“Myofunctional Therapy” is a big term for a fairly simple yet precise process of evaluating groups of facial muscles that are underperforming and then prescribing customized exercises to reverse these trends. Most people are amazed to discover how negative habits in muscles like the tongue and the lips can lead to agonizing problems for people of all ages.

How Myofunctional Therapy Can Help

Myofunctional therapy addresses a number of issues. Programs can be designed to:

REVERSE the habit called “tongue thrust” RESTORE proper breathing through the nose rather than the mouth ELIMINATE thumb or finger sucking, lip licking, nail biting and other habits in children REDUCE teeth grinding and clenching and the resultant pain from TMJ and related conditions PREVENT a variety of facial growth and development problems IMPROVE the posture of the head and neck ENHANCE sleep apnea therapy FINE-TUNE speech therapy outcomes caused by improper tongue function

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Eliminate incorrect habits and get your mouth and facial muscles working as they should.

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Hi, I’m Shelly Azevedo

I am a registered dental hygienist and myofunctional therapist with more than 30 years in the healthcare and dental fields. I graduated from Loma Linda University in Southern California and hold a master’s degree in health science.

For the past 10 years I have worked an as assistant professor in the dental hygiene program at the University of the Pacific. My previous experience as a clinical dental hygienist and background in university education has laid the groundwork for Balanced Faces, a full-time myofunctional therapy practice. My training includes intensive post graduate courses with the American Academy of Oromyofunctional Therapy (AOMT) and an internship with Sarah Hornsby, a leading myofunctional therapist in this field.

My work involves collaboration with a network of specialists, which allows me to effectively treat all manner of facial dysfunction. My resources include physical therapists, medical doctors, dentists, orthodontists, osteopaths and speech therapists.

Balanced Faces encompasses the whole-body approach to health and wellness. I am passionate about healing patients and improving the quality of their lives.

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