Bilateral Tongue Thrust

Bilateral Tongue Thrust

Unilateral Tongue Thrust

Myofunctional therapy is a program used to correct the improper balance of the tongue and facial muscles used at rest and for swallowing. 

Myofunctional therapy is painless and the exercises are relatively simple. When certain muscles are strengthened and functioning properly, other muscles will follow suit until an overall balance of tongue and facial muscles is gained.

The first step is to identify the noxious oral habit or a combination of habits such as tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, abnormal tongue posturing or thumb sucking.

Learning to keep your tongue up on the roof of your mouth, nasal breathing and swallowing effortlessly with little muscle movement, and maintaining a strong lip seal is the primary goal of therapy.  

​Therapy can help guide forward facial growth so teeth move into a more desirable relationship during a child’s early development (before the age of 12) and enhance appearance and posture.

Anterior Tongue Thrust

What is Myofunctional therapy?