If you need orthodontic treatment, you would benefit from Myofunctional Therapy.
It is becoming increasingly popular internationally to combine Orthodontic Treatment with Myofunctional Therapy. They really should go hand in hand!
Orthodontic Treatment works to address the structural issues of malocclusion: moving teeth, expanding the jaws and aligning the bite. Orthodontic Treatment is a necessity to treat malocclusion. However; the root cause of malocclusion is most often a result of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). When the OMDs are not corrected through Myofunctional Therapy, the orthodontic treatment is less stable and relapse is more likely.
Orthodontic Treatment addresses the hard structures; Myofunctional Therapy addresses the dysfunctional breathing patterns and orofacial muscle function that led to the malocclusion in the first place.
If you require orthodontic treatment, have had previous orthodontic treatment or experienced shifting teeth, it is very likely that you also suffer from an OMD. To best treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, it is best to begin with a Comprehensive Myofunctional Assessment.