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FAQ and Glossary

In my line of work, I get a lot of questions about what I do, treatment, etc.  Here are several questions I usually get as well as words we use that you may not hear everyday.

When do I need an OMT?

What causes OMDs?

What ages do you treat?

What happens if OMDs go untreated?

  • What are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?
    Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMDs may affect, directly and/or indirectly, breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more. To see a comprehensive list of myofunctional disorders with photos, visit
  • Who should provide treatment?
    A Certified Orofacial Myologist®. Licensure may include RDH, Dentist, Speech therapist all with special training listed below. A COM® has: 1. Completed advanced training in the cause, diagnosis & treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. 2. Passed the rigorous certification process including a written & an onsite clinical examination. 3. Continued accreditation through the IAOM by participating annually in current continuing education courses. 4. Completed advanced classes in areas suck as: re-education breathing, TMD, fascia and how it relates to pre and post-treatment of tongue ties, sleep disorder breathing, elimination of habits.
  • How old does a patient have to be for treatment?
    • 4-5-year old’s may be ready for a Habit Elimination Program. At this age, a Mini-Myofunctional Therapy Program may be appropriate for prevention &/or intervention of OMDs. • Children from 6-8 years & older are great candidates to enroll in an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Program. • Teens to Adults can benefit from an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Program w/excellent long-term results.


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