Oral Myofunctional Therapy NYC

Oral-Myofunctional-Therapy-NYCThe Orthodontics Center of NYC is conveniently located on New York City’s Upper East Side. The Orthodontics Center of NYC is a renowned best in class Upper East Side specialty orthodontics practice with a sub-specialty s in oral myofunctional orthodontic therapy treatments.

Oral myofunctional therapy is an orthodontic program used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used at rest, for chewing and for swallowing. Myofunctional therapy works prior to, or in concert with – rather than in opposition to – orthodontic treatment (when it is deemed necessary), speeding its progress and helping bring maximum results that last.

What causes myofunctional disorders? Researchers used to think it was bottle feeding. Now many therapists feel it is also mouth breathing or oral habits such as thumb sucking or overuse of a pacifier or Sippy cup. Also, a short frenum (the string that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth) may be the cause.

Myofunctional therapy is used to correct thumb or finger sucking habits, incorrect tongue resting posture, tongue thrust swallowing patterns, open mouth rest posture and mouth breathing. It can help guide teeth into a more desirable relationship during a child’s early development (before the age of 12) and enhance appearance and posture

Dr. Michael Gelb, of the Orthodontic Center of NYC is uniquely trained and credentialized in orthodontic oral myofunctional therapy. He is passionate about her work and results with all his patients.

Please feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Gelb, to discuss your child’s specific case or to learn more.

Swallowing disorders or tongue thrusting may be associated with overwhelming number of problems

  • Crooked teeth or orthodontic relapse
  • Headaches
  • TMJ (jaw joint) pain
  • Forward head posture
  • Digestive disorders such as acid reflex or stomach aches from air swallowing
  • Sleep and breathing disorders
  • Oral lesion from tongue irritation
  • Gum disease
  • Psychological problems
  • Failure to thrive and other child development problems
  • Middle ear drainage issues
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Drooling
  • Habits, such as nail biting, thumb sucking, hair chewing, lip or cheek biting

Specific signs of tongue thrust include:

  • Unwanted oral habits (thumb/finger sucking, lip biting/ licking, teeth clenching and grinding)
  • Messy eating
  • Tongue visible at the front of the mouth or between the teeth during the swallow
  • Tongue rests on the bottom lip
  • Tongue more visible at the front of the mouth during speech
  • Immature loss of teeth
  • Prolonged bottle feeding or sippy-cup use
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Allergies
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Family heredity

Treatment is non-invasive and it may address the cause of many problems, instead of the symptoms.

Please note: It is unnecessary to obtain a doctor’s referral to visit The NYC Orthodontics Center. The NYC Orthodontics Center‘s comprehensive treatment planning will present you with all available treatment options and advise you on the  risks and benefits of each.

Orthodontics Center of NYC
Michael L. Gelb, DDS, MS
635 Madison Avenue, #19A
B/W: 59th & 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
T: (646) 524-7474