Treating tethered oral tissues takes a team. Surgery is one small part of the process. For children ages four and up and for adults, myofunctional therapy is necessary to achieve the best results. (For children under four therapy is usually provided by a speech therapist with oral motor therapy training, or an IBCLC)
Our New York office is located within Westchester Myofunctional Specialties. We work closely with the myofunctional therapists and speech therapists at this location to provide comprehensive care to our patients. We are happy to accept referrals from and work with other myofunctional therapists, as well. In Connecticut, we have a number of excellent myofunctional therapists throughout the state who we work with.
Myofunctional therapy is a field of study dedicated to the treatment of any atypical pattern that interfere with normal growth, development and function that target the facial and mouth muscles used to speak, chew and swallow. Orofacial myofunctional disorders are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. If left untreated, it may affect directly or indirectly: breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, TMJ movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.