At Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics, we are centered in educating our patients and providing innovative solutions to achieve their goals. One of them is through myofunctional therapy. Baillie, our registered dental hygienist, an orofacial myofunctional therapist at here at Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a specialized therapeutic approach aimed at correcting dysfunctions of the muscles and functions of the mouth and face. This therapy involves exercises and techniques to improve the coordination, strength, and function of the orofacial muscles, which are crucial for proper speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing. OMT is often used in conjunction with other treatments such as orthodontics, speech therapy and dental care to achieve optimal results.

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are abnormalities in the movement and function of the muscles of the face and mouth. These disorders can affect basic functions such as speaking, eating and breathing. Common OMDs include tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, improper swallowing patterns and difficulties with speech articulation. Symptoms of OMDs can also include mouth breathing, snoring and misaligned teeth. Left untreated, these disorders can lead to more significant health issues, including dental problems, speech impairments and sleep disorders. OMT offers effective interventions to address and correct these dysfunctions, promoting better overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Taera Kim takes the approach that optimal structure leads to ideal function. She is dedicated to providing you with the care you need to improve airway and tongue rest position so that you can enjoy a healthier quality of life. When you visit our orthodontist, you can expect her to take the time to understand your oral health and airway function, taking a comprehensive approach that will ensure your treatment plan is tailored specifically to your unique needs.

We invite you to call us today at 402-614-7022 to schedule your consultation with our orthodontist and learn how airway management in La Vista, Nebraska, can benefit you. We are committed to ensuring your health and wellbeing as well as your smile.