Facial Treatment Programs
Eliminate Incorrect Habits and get Your Mouth and Facial Muscles Working as they Should
While my work in myofunctional therapy follows the “no two patients are the same” rule, I do provide several facial treatment programs that address the needs of a large percentage of the people I work with. But remember: your specific needs likely will require some adjustment of program elements in order to provide you with the exact therapy needed to break negative habits and develop effective new ones.
Myofunctional Therapy Programs
As we’ve discussed, myofunctional therapy covers a fairly wide range of exercises that address negative habits or developmental issues surrounding the face and mouth, as well as breathing. The exercises are customized to your specific needs and are designed to improve the strength and tone of targeted muscles.
Facial treatment programs can be aimed at:
Chronic Mouth Breathing
Tongue Thrust habit
Tongue postural issues (including before and after tongue-tie repair)
Most other conditions that involve the muscles of the mouth and face
Facial treatment programs can last from a few weeks to a year. The length of treatment time depends on the severity of the condition, or the negative habits being addressed. Consistently doing the prescribed exercises will determine how successful the treatment is. The majority of myofunctional therapy programs are appropriate for people as young as 4 or 5 years of age.
Habit Elimination Program
Ideally before initiating a standard myofunctional therapy program with children, we want to address negative oral habits and eliminate them.
The primary targeted habits are:
Thumb or finger sucking
Compulsive licking of the lips
If you’ve ever tried to stop any of these habits in a child, you know how difficult it can be. My habit elimination program uses proven methods that are carried out in a positive, upbeat environment.
Parents are always thrilled to watch their children’s self-esteem and confidence grow as the addicting habits gradually slip away. This program usually runs about four weeks and is appropriate for children aged 4 and older.
Pre- & Post-Frenectomy Therapy
Patients with a tongue-tie condition usually need a simple surgical procedure to remove the membrane that locks the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Known as a frenectomy, this intervention won’t address the negative habits that have developed from a tongue-tie condition. That’s where pre- and post-frenectomy therapy comes in.
I consult with patients before and after the repair procedure. Therapy prior to surgery involves teaching stretching exercises, which will help tissues to heal correctly and not return to their previous state. Stretching will continue for about four weeks after surgery. At that time, an assessment will tell me if the patient would benefit from a myofunctional therapy program designed to treat any remaining habits.