Myofunctional Therapy

The Academy of OralFacial MyoFunctional Therapy indicates that Oralfacial Myofunctional Disorders are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. Oral Myofunctional Disorders may affect, directly and/or indirectly, breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, the stability of orthodontic treatment, facial appearance/aesthetics, and more. Most OMDs originate with insufficient habitual nasal breathing or with oral breathing.

We all love our children and want the very best for them, but an astounding 75% of children develop crowded teeth and incorrect jaw alignment which results in varying physical facial disorders and negatively impact’s the child’s appearance.

If you would like to learn more about Myofunctional Orthodontics or to make an appointment please feel contact the best in class, top rated specialist, Doctor Michael Gelb’s NYC or White Plains, New York Gelb Center office today.

Dr. Michael Gelb on Myofunctional Therapy

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Myofunctional Orthodontics NYC

Myofunctional (muscle) habits such as:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Reverse swallowing
  • Thumb sucking etc.

… are the main causes of crooked teeth, sleep disorders (including snoring), and additionally, impact’s a child’s facial appearance.

In order to have straight teeth and a more attractive face your child needs correct Myofunctional Habits:

  • Your child should habitually breathe through the nose, not through the mouth
  • Lips together at rest
  • Tongue resting on roof of mouth
  • No muscle movement around mouth during sub-conscious swallow
  • No thumb, digit or non-nutritive sucking habits

What Are The Advantages of Myofunctional Orthodontics?

  • Identifies the causes of crooked teeth and misaligned jaws at a young age, and allows for early intervention treatment in a non-invasive manner
  • Treats the CAUSES of crooked teeth in the growing child, capturing the ‘Short Window Of Opportunity’ that exists to promote positive facial growth before the age of 12 years.
  • Have positive benefits for the tooth alignment, facial appearance, posture, and general health in young children and all patients
  • Does not require the use of full “Fixed Braces”, if treated early enough, thus saving parents the cost of fixed braces later
  • Benefits of Nasal Breathing, including less ENT infections such as ear, throat and chest infections, sinus problems, and Asthma
  • Improves sleeping pattern (better REM sleep)
  • Improved Facial Growth and attractiveness (Better Faces, fewer Braces!)
  • Avoids future TMJ problems
  • Health benefits such as improved posture (standing straighter with head over shoulders)
  • Improved stability post-orthodontic treatment without the need for long-term retention
Dr. Michael Gelb

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with practices in both New York City and White Plains. He received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and his M.S. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.

The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated approach to addressing airway issues.

Dr. Michael Gelb is dedicated to improving his patients’ health by reducing pain, restoring refreshing sleep and transforming lives.

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