Myofunctional Therapy has been a growing field in orthodontic therapy since the early 1900’s. This therapy includes the treatment of facial muscle functions including training tongue posture and establishing equilibrium between the tongue, lips, muscles of mastication and establishing nasal breathing as primary. Muscle function has become an important concern in orthodontic treatment. Long term stability of the orthodontic result, as well as early intervention with habit elimination has been part of good orthodontic practices. Genetics and function have always been factors to consider when considering a treatment plan. Current research links treatment protocols to success as an adjunctive treatment to oral facial pain, early interceptive orthodontic treatment, post-orthodontic retention, periodontal therapy, and recognition and treatment of restricted frenums; physicians, dentists and other health care workers may want to incorporate a systematic program into their practice. This course is an overview of the assessment, etiology and treatment including some habit elimination therapy that a practitioner may implement into their practice.
Identify myofunctional pathology: case studies.
Recognize restricted oral tissues using validated protocols.
Obtain awareness of the relationship of myofunctional disorders and malocclusion, sleep disorders, TMD and oral facial pain.