What is Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy focuses on teaching patients exercises and techniques to improve their oral muscular development. This therapy can help improve speech and language development, thumb/finger sucking habits, airway issues, and swallowing issues. We are excited to offer myofunctional therapy* in addition to laser treatments. 
*Myofunctional therapy does not replace the need for comprehensive orthodontic treatment or speech therapy. Our office will not be offering Myobrace treatment.

Meet Our Myofunctional Therapist

Carrie Wilson, RDH, MA, QOM is a registered dental hygienist and Qualified Orofacial Myologist at Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry. She has been in dentistry for 30 years and is very passionate about the field. When she is not at work you will find her spending time with her precious dogs, Lillie and Finnegan. She is married and has two wonderful daughters. In her spare time, she likes to read, go to Jazzercise and frequent her local Aldi.

Myofunctional Therapy Available at AAPD includes the following

A Myofunctional Therapy Consult and Treatment. Myofunctional therapy may be a treatment option for children with oral aversions, oral defensiveness, gagging, swallowing issues, and post-laser frenectomy treatment. To determine if a child would benefit from myofunctional we recommend the child be evaluated by our Myofunctional Therapist to determine the child’s treatment needs. Following this consultation, the child would receive one-on-one therapy with our Myofunctional Therapist to address their treatment needs and goals.

Habit Elimination with Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional Therapy can be used to help address oral habits that include nail biting, prolonged pacifier use, and thumb/finger sucking habits. These types of oral habits can have a negative impact on both oral and dental development. Our myofunctional therapy habit elimination program consists of three visits with our Myofunctional Therapist to focus on giving the child the tools they need to eliminate these habits in a positive environment.