OMT: Establishing Healthy Habits for a Lifetime
Just because someone is capable of doing something doesn’t mean they will do it. It’s true for adults and it’s certainly true for children. While releasing tongue tie or having a naturally free tongue sets the conditions for healthy tooth and jaw development, many people develop unhealthy habits when chewing, swallowing, or resting that hamper development.
For children, this might be thumb sucking, tongue thrust, or an unhealthy resting position of the lips or tongue. These keep the facial tissues from providing the appropriate pressure and stimulation of the teeth and jaw.
We describe this as an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD), and it’s what orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) seeks to correct. It teaches healthy habits that encourage proper development on a daily basis. With exercises and the occasional use of removable oral appliances, OMT helps lips, cheeks, and tongue do the developmental work we need from them.
Since bad habits affect people of all ages, OMT is an orthodontic approach that might help school-age children or adults of any age.