At Tennessee Orofacial Myology we specialize in providing therapy for children and adults with orofacial myofunctional disorders involving behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits involving the tongue, lips, jaws and face.
We are excited to offer the only Orofacial Myology Therapy Clinic in Blount County and the surrounding counties of East Tennessee. Tennessee Orofacial Myology is an active member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology [IAOM]. The IAOM is an international professional association for orofacial myologists. Visit their international website at www.iaom.com for more information about the history of orofacial myology, research, and frequently asked questions from other patients just like you.
Orofacial Myology, also known as Myofunctional Therapy is a specific type of therapy that works with muscles of the face, jaw, lips and tongue. We design patient specific programs that are implemented to correct tongue thrusting, chewing and swallowing disorders, create a normal freeway space, help stabilize the bite, prevent orthodontic relapse, facilitate nasal breathing, and eliminate noxious oral habits such as thumb-sucking and lip licking.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, also known as OMD’s may have a negative effect on the development and stability of the dentition (teeth). They may also impact oral facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, movement of the temporomandibular joint, and stability of orthodontic treatment.
The goal of Myofunctional Therapy is to correct or improve resting tongue and lip relationships thus allowing normal development of dental eruption and alignment. Therapy is administered to assist in the creation, the restoration, and the maintenance of a normal and harmonious muscle environment. It may also improve muscle tonicity, speech, temporomandibular joint disorder, sleep apnea, mouth-breathing, and facial symmetry.
Research examining various populations found 38% have orofacial myofunctional disorders, with an incidence of 81% found in children exhibiting speech/articulation difficulties.
The International Journal of Orofacial Myology revealed that treatment for orofacial myofunctional disorders can be 80-90% effective in correcting rest posture, swallowing and other oral functions and that these corrections are retained years after completing therapy.
Tennessee Orofacial Myology works closely with referring partners such as, but not limited to dentists, orthodontists, pediatricians, speech therapists, and sleep doctors. Orofacial Myology is an interdisciplinary approach for total patient care. We focus our therapy on orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, which they are for over 95% of each day and night.
1850 Crest Rd.
Maryville, TN 37804