Madison Oral Myofunctional Therapy

Improve breathing, bite, and orofacial posture

Can you benefit from myofunctional therapy?

Proper functioning of the mouth is critical to overall body function. Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.

Most myofunctional disorders originate with insufficient habitual nasal breathing or with mouth breathing. The subsequent adaptation of the muscles and the orofacial functions to a disordered breathing pattern creates many myofunctional disorders.

Correct swallowing depends on a proper relationship between the muscles of the face, mouth, and throat. The act of swallowing is one function that depends on the body’s vital balance. To swallow properly, muscles and nerves in the tongue, cheeks, and throat must work together in harmony. When a person swallows normally, the tip of the tongue presses firmly against the roof of the mouth or hard palate, located slightly behind the front teeth. The tongue acts in concert with all the other muscles involved in swallowing. The hard palate, meanwhile, absorbs the force created by the tongue.

Because a person swallows 500-1000 times a day, improper swallowing can cause a variety of problems. But it is actually the resting position of the tongue that does the most damage because it is more constant.

OMDs may also affect, directly and/or indirectly:

  • Facial skeletal growth and development
  • Breastfeeding
  • Chewing
  • Speech
  • Occlusion
    • TMJ movement
    • Oral hygiene
    • Stability of orthodontic treatment
    • Facial esthetics
      With myofunctional therapy, a patient can regain the joy of eating, speaking, breathing, and sleeping more soundly. Cosmetic improvements can help restore confidence and self-esteem. We believe that everyone deserves to be educated about myofunctional disorders and treated if they suffer from OMDs.

      Book a consultation today to learn more.

      Our approach to myofunctional therapy

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      Focused on long-term health

      Orofacial myofunctional therapy is “neuromuscular re-education” of the oral and facial muscles. This therapy is painless, and the exercises are relatively simple. When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, others will follow suit until proper coordination of the tongue and facial muscles is attained.

      Proper resting tongue position and posture during swallowing are crucial to facial growth. If the tongue is resting in the lower jaw, it will alter the growth of the upper and lower jaws, affect craniofacial growth patterns and impact the posture of the head, neck, and upper body.

      We focus on encouraging correct facial development, improving airway space, teaching nasal breathing, and teaching patients the tools for long-term health.

      Myofunctional Therapy Goals

      • Breathing through the nose at all times
      • Lip seal
      • Tongue on the roof of the mouth
      • Correct swallow
      • Correct posture


      Our myofunctional therapist is just one member of the team that will successfully treat an OMD. It’s not uncommon for us to recommend additional providers as we work to heal our patients. We commonly collaborate with speech therapists, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, and ear/nose/throat specialists to improve a patient’s overall well-being.

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      Patient commitment is key

      Myofunctional therapy requires commitment from the patient. We find that we’re most successful when we work with patients who understand the impact oral habits make on tooth position and facial growth and are committed to making a positive change in overall health. For success in this therapy, consistent exercise every day is necessary until the patient has corrected their improper muscle pattern.

      What to expect with myofunctional therapy

      The therapy can range from an eight-week to a nine-month program, depending on the needs of the patient. The therapy strengthens the muscles of the lips, tongue, cheeks, and face and retrains the muscles so they properly function during breathing, chewing, and swallowing. At weekly appointments, exercises are demonstrated by our trained myofunctional therapist.

      Our myofunctional therapists also work with young children for habit elimination, such as thumb sucking and pacifier use. We use a reward system along with self-esteem motivational work so that children are the ones who want to change.

      Your myofunctional therapy may include:

      • Myobrace – This custom-made oral appliance helps align the teeth and jaws properly while training and strengthening the orofacial muscles.
      • Buteyko Breathing Method – During Buteyko Breathing sessions, patients learn to breathe more slowly and shallowly through their noses.
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      Happy Stories, Beautiful Smiles

      “The best dental experience my kids ever had. Dr. Adams and the staff are really patient, kind, and masters of what they are doing. In my kids’ case, it is palate expansion, airway improvement, and myofunctional therapy.”

      — Lyubov B.

      “I spoke with Dr. Adams regarding my son’s facial asymmetry and I was impressed by the depth of her knowledge and expertise. Dr. Adams has a holistic understanding of dental health. She listened to my concerns attentively and patiently and provided me with a thorough explanation and compassionate advice.”

      — Maria C.

      “My whole family is being looked after wonderfully by the staff at Adams Dental. Dr. Adams has a holistic approach that goes beyond dentistry and takes the whole person into account, kids as well as adults.”

      — Lutz P.


      We want you to feel confident in your decision to undergo ALF appliance therapy. Our team is here to make sure you’re equipped to make an informed decision. Please reach out with any questions about the ALF approach. Or explore our dentists’ curated library of recommended dental products and resources.

      Investing in your dental care

      Adams Dental is a fee-for-service practice, so it’s no problem if you don’t have insurance. Our out-of-network policy allows us to provide you with personalized care that’s never dictated by insurance.

      For those with insurance, our team is happy to complete and submit dental and medical insurance claims on your behalf. As an integrative therapy, myofunctional therapy is sometimes covered by dental insurance depending on your policy. Payment options also include CareCredit financing and treatment schedules to fit your budget.

      Questions? Call us at (973) 377-6500.

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      Find our office at the corner of Madison Avenue and Kings Road, next to Rose Hall.

      One Kings Road
      Madison, NJ 07940

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      Tuesday: 7:30am–4:30pm
      Wednesday: 7:30am–4:30pm
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