The primary objectives of myofunctional orthodontics are unlike regular orthodontics. Myofunctional orthodontics aims to improve muscle function and reduce soft tissue dysfunction. This allows for correct development and not just straight teeth, although the teeth do end up straight.
When a patient enters your clinic there are a few important factors to consider in assessing their level of soft tissue dysfunction:
1. The position of the tongue in the mouth - the patient’s tongue should sit in the roof of their mouth just behind the front teeth.
2. The patient’s breathing habits - the patient should breathe through their nose, not their mouth.
3. The patient’s swallow - the patient should swallow without any overactive mentalis activity.
4. The patient’s facial development characteristics - soft tissue dysfunction should be addressed to allow for natural downwards and forwards facial growth and development to occur.
Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Understanding Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Once the function or dysfunction of the tongue, cheeks, lips and breathing patterns are understood and addressed, positive treatment outcomes and proper development are the result.