Orofacial Myology


Harmful oral habits (such as mouth-breathing, thumb-sucking, and pacifier use), neurological deficits, developmental delays, hereditary predisposition, and/or functional issues (such as tongue ties, lip ties, upper airway obstructions, and weak orofacial muscle tone), can disturb the proper growth and development of the jaws, due to poor oral and facial muscle functions. These disturbances can cause crooked teeth, inability to bite the front teeth together (open bite), gum disease, relapse of orthodontic treatment, speech distortions, jaw joint problems, and even negative social interactions due to noisy chewing, open mouth posture, and/or abnormal swallowing. Long-term mouth breathing pattern can, too, develop as a result, compromising the overall health of the individual. More recently, researches have also shown to associate sleeping disorders to orofacial muscular dysfunctions.

Orofacial myology can help in correcting these orofacial muscular dysfunctions, through individualized treatment programs. Even very young children can benefit from the therapy. Nevertheless, even teens and adults may often achieve successful long-term results.

Often, seeing adjunctive health practitioners may be indicated, in order to achieve optimal outcome. These may include breathing trainers, neuro-developmental chiropractors, speech pathologists, sleep physicians, nutritionists, and Ear Nose Throat specialists, to name a few. Having a comprehensive, holistic approach is what we are all about.

At The Dental Suites, orofacial myology is an integral component of our Myofocus™ Orthodontic System, especially during the Myofocus™ Take-Off Program, further enhancing treatment outcomes and long-term stability. Having undertaken comprehensive coursework from Mrs. Sandra Coulson (www.sandracoulson.com), our principal dentist, Dr. Donny, is also a highly experienced orofacial myologist, and an active member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (www.iaom.com), as well as a founding member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences (www.aamsinfo.org). Our Oral Health Therapist, Dalena, is also a Coulson-trained orofacial mycologist, and has completed the comprehensive courses by the Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology (www.australianacademyoforofacialmyology.com.au).

As part of the Myofocus™ Mini Residency programs and the Myofocus™ Courses, Dr. Donny also educates dental and various health care practitioners on orofacial myology. Find out more about at www.myofocus.com.au