Orofacial myology is the science and clinical knowledge of restoring normal and mutual interaction of the orofacial muscle groups (muscles of face and mouth), dentition and respiration that is the physiological basis of speaking, chewing and swallowing. It is a program designed to correct orofacial muscle dysfunction and abnormal swallowing patterns.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are any pattern involving oral and/or orofacial muscles that interfere with normal growth, development or function.
Correct function of oral and facial muscles is paramount for facial development including tooth alignment, jaw shape and function.
Orofacial Myofunctional therapy may be recommended for a variety of functional or cosmetic reasons. The therapy program is designed to retrain muscular function and to aid in the creation and maintenance of a healthy, adaptive orofacial environment. It can also help in the retention of the dental and/or orthodontic treatment, enhance one’s appearance and can help maintain optimum dental health for a lifetime of benefits.