My Myo Matters

Dental

Get back (and keep!) your great smile

Incorrect tongue position can have a significant impact on the growth and development of teeth and recovery of major dental work, resulting in crooked teeth, grinding, orthodontic relapse and other conditions. 

 

In other words, while dentists and orthodontists can help you develop a great smile, you may be referred to an orofacial myologist to treat the underlying causes.

How does the position of the tongue affect the teeth?

The tongue is a natural expander of the mouth, and if it sits correctly your palate will form a big U-shape. 

 

 

If the resting position of the tongue is not on the roof of the mouth behind the teeth, then it will gently push the teeth causing them to move out of place, apart or prevent normal teeth eruption. This can result in a number of problems including crooked teeth, malocclusion (the teeth will not close together in line), an overjet or teeth that can get worn over time. 

 

 

As well as the obvious implications for the health of the teeth and for eating, biting and chewing, this can affect how we look and speak.

How can OMT treat dental conditions?

Many dentists and orthodontists are now using OMT to complement dental interventions. Since the structure, health and proper functioning of facial muscles have a significant impact on the growth and development of teeth, you may be referred to strengthen and retrain the facial muscles for better dental outcomes. 


Training your tongue to sit in the correct resting position can also prevent orthodontic relapse after treatment. 


An OMT therapist can also work with your dentist or orthodontist so that you can develop the habits and mouth muscle stability to get – and keep – your great smile.