WHAT IS OMD?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is an interdisciplinary practice which works with the muscles of the lips, tongue, cheeks and face and their related functions (such as breathing, sucking, chewing, swallowing, and some aspects of speech). It acts in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of people who may be identified as having these functions compromised.
Should Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Occur Before Or After Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontics and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can be closely related, directly impacting the other, and OMD treatment may be indicated before, during, and or after orthodontics. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy specialists promote a balance of orofacial functions, improving the oral rest posture of the tongue and thus the stability. These cases, when treated by both Orthodontists and OMD therapists help to diminish orthodontic relapse after the removal of braces. Depending on the case, exercises for strengthening the orofacial muscles (especially the lips and tongue), and the balance of the stomatognathic functions (breathing, chewing and swallowing) may be indicated.
OMD Therapy brochure is available here.