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 https://aomtinfo.org/orofacial-myofunctional-disorders-omds/

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.