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Myofunctional Therapy in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) can affect the lip, jaw, or tongue position. This disorder alters the way the cheeks, teeth, lips, and jaw function when speaking or eating, along with how they sit when in a resting position. Life Dental & Orthodontics values myofunctional therapy as an effective way to improve the quality of life in Walnut Creek, CA patients suffering from OMD. Each therapy session consists of a set of exercises that have been carefully selected to address your particular OMD needs. To find out if myofunctional therapy could benefit you, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Is someone you love a mouth breather? Having the lips constantly apart is not only detrimental for your health, but it also can lead to more vertical growth of the face, with narrow, crowded dental arches. Habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking, and poor oral rest posture can be addressed with myofunctional therapy. Think of your myofunctional therapist as a personal trainer for your tongue and the muscles of your face!

How Is Myofunctional Therapy Performed?

We will facilitate the connection of our patients with specialized healthcare professionals who employ the latest therapeutic techniques and cutting-edge technology for the treatment of OMD and its associated conditions, such as mouth breathing and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Each session will comprise a series of exercises to rewire the neural pathways and improve facial and tongue muscle functions. Some exercises may include:

  • Create nasal breathing patterns
  • Normalize the resting position of your lips and tongue
  • Breaking harmful habits, such as thumb-sucking

I want to give a shout-out to Rachel, who is an amazing hygienist. I have been with Life Dental for many years, long before the name of the practice changed. I have been treated by many hygienists over the years, all really wonderful, and Rachel is #1 on my ‘top 10’ list. She is thorough and extremely efficient - a super smart and skilled hygienist. Rachel takes time to get to know her patients - she remembers highlights in my life that she will ask me about at my next appointment, and she exhibits genuine interest. She is a thoughtful and caring person, and a true professional. In general, all services, from the front office to dental care provided by Life Dental are exemplary and I can’t recommend this dental practice more highly.

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So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notch technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

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So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notched technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

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I took my young boys to Life dental & Orthodontics because they were airway focused and that was really important for a family! We were mostly helped with Katie the RDA and she was so great with the boys made everything fun and super patient with them. I also really appreciated how in-depth Dr. Hockel explained everything to myself and our kids. My boys can get easily overwhelmed and he had such gentle and calm energy throughout the whole process! I really appreciated that! Highly recommend this team! :) Jessie at the front desk is also super helpful and sweet!

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Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Oral myofunctional therapy can benefit individuals in the Walnut Creek, CA community dealing with conditions such as TMJ disorder and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD). We prioritize connecting patients with experienced specialists who excel in addressing airway and orofacial conditions. To explore the possibilities of myofunctional therapy, please reach out to our team at Life Dental & Orthodontics.

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