Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy & the Impact of Lip & Tongue Release

At the Texas Tongue Tie Center, our commitment to holistic patient care extends beyond the surgical treatment of tongue and lip ties. We recognize the significant role of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) in addressing the broader spectrum of orofacial disorders. These can include difficulties with chewing, swallowing, speech, and even certain aspects of breathing. Orofacial myofunctional therapy aims to correct these dysfunctions by retraining the muscles of the mouth and face for optimal performance. The successful release of restrictive lip and tongue ties is pivotal in enhancing the effectiveness of this therapy.

Lip and tongue ties can significantly impact the proper function of oral and facial muscles. These conditions limit movement and can alter the natural resting position of the tongue, leading to compensatory habits that affect oral and facial development. For instance, a restricted tongue may lead to mouth breathing, improper swallowing patterns, or abnormal jaw growth — all of which can be addressed through OMT.

By performing precise lip and tongue releases, we facilitate the restoration of normal muscle function and movement. This crucial step allows patients to fully engage in orofacial myofunctional therapy exercises and retraining. Post-release, patients often show improved ability to perform OMT exercises effectively, leading to more successful outcomes. These exercises are designed to strengthen and coordinate the orofacial muscles, promote proper tongue posture, and establish healthy breathing and swallowing patterns.

Incorporating lip and tongue release procedures into an OMT program can dramatically improve symptoms related to orofacial dysfunctions. Patients, especially children, can experience enhanced speech clarity, better chewing and swallowing efficiency, and even improvements in breathing that contribute to overall health and well-being.