Results Can Be Permanent with Maintenance
When it comes to the results of orofacial myofunctional therapy, it helps to think of orthodontics. The two approaches overlap in a lot of ways. Both can achieve permanent results. However, ensuring the results are permanent can sometimes require maintenance.
Both orthodontics and orofacial myofunctional therapy depend on the principle that the body is changeable. With the proper execution of forces, either by your muscles or by orthodontic appliances, the body can change. Unfortunately, if the body can change, it can also change back. There is no age limit on orthodontic treatment. Similarly, both positive and negative changes can occur at any time in your life, so we have to take steps to make sure your positive changes stay.
Most people are familiar with the concept of an orthodontic retainer. It’s an oral appliance you wear after orthodontic treatment to keep teeth from drifting. Everyone wears a retainer for a while after orthodontic treatment. People who want to ensure their teeth stay straight wear a retainer at least occasionally for the rest of their lives.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is similar. However, because it relies mostly on exercises and habitual changes, the maintenance program can be different.