What is oromyofunctional therapy (OMFT)?
Myofunctional therapy is exercise therapy aimed at restoring a disturbed balance in the functioning of the muscles in and around the mouth. “Normally” there is a functional balance between the functioning of the muscles in and around the mouth. The chewing muscles, the tongue, the lips, the chin muscles, etc. thereby exert functional forces on the teeth. If certain muscles or muscle groups do not function properly, this almost always has a direct effect on the shape of the teeth and / or jaws. The PURPOSE of Myofunctional therapy is therefore to re-balance all mouth muscles through exercises and to unlearn wrong reflexes, so that the shape and function of jaws and teeth / molars can be restored. Myofunctional therapy thus tackles the cause of one or more problems and not just the consequences of the wrong balance. In other words: the cause is removed, so that other therapies such as orthodontics, speech therapy or a jaw correction will later produce a lasting result.