Myofunctional appliances are dental appliances designed to correct problems with oral muscle function, such as improper tongue posture, breathing issues, and swallowing difficulties. These appliances work by retraining the muscles in the mouth, face, and throat to function properly, which can lead to a range of benefits including improved breathing, better sleep, and a more balanced facial appearance.
There are several types of myofunctional appliances, including tongue trainers, lip bumpers, and palatal expanders. Tongue trainers are devices that help to position the tongue correctly during rest and swallowing, while lip bumpers help to prevent lip sucking and promote proper lip posture. Palatal expanders, on the other hand, are designed to widen the upper jaw, which can help to correct issues such as crossbites and overcrowding.
Myofunctional appliances are typically used in conjunction with other forms of orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners. They are usually worn for a period of several months to a few years, depending on the severity of the case.
While myofunctional appliances can be highly effective for correcting certain types of oral muscle dysfunction, they are not suitable for everyone. It’s important to consult with a qualified orthodontist to determine if myofunctional appliances are the right choice for your individual needs.