Tongue Thrust

  • Referred by your Orthodontist, Speech Pathologist, Dentist, or Doctor, for Tongue Thrusting?

  • Do you have an: 

  • Open Bite | Overbite | Crossbite: Dental Misalignment

  • Speech Impediment

  • Esthetic Concerns | Digestive Issues | Jaw Discomfort

Discover the Signs & Symptoms of Tongue Thrusting:

Dental Malocclusion

Prolonged tongue thrusting can exert pressure on the teeth, leading to misalignment or malocclusions such as an open bite, overbite, or crossbite.

Digestive Problems

A tongue thrust can disrupt the normal chewing, swallowing and digestion action causing aerophagia.

TMJ Disorder

The abnormal swallowing pattern associated with tongue thrusting can place stress on the jaw joint.

Speech Difficulties

Tongue thrusting can affect speech patterns and articulation. It may result in lisping and difficulty producing certain sounds.

Esthetic Concerns

May cause elongated face, an open-mouth posture, or a protruding upper or lower lip due to the continuous pressure on the surrounding structures.

Mouth Breathing

Tongue thrusting may develop into mouth breathing contributing to dry mouth, bad breath, and cavities.

The Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Process

01. Book a Free Consultation

  1. Meet your Orofacial Myologist.
  2. Discuss your symptoms.
  3. Be introduced to the process.

02. Comprehensive New Patient Exam

  1. Comfortable head/neck/oral exam.
  2. Diagnose disorders.
  3. Discuss personalized treatment plan.

03. Frequent Exercise Appointments

  1. Learn exercise. Practice daily.
  2. Understand goal of exercise.
  3. Perfect technique then graduate to next stage.

04. Therapy Completion

  1. Beneficial new habits are now subconscious. 
  2. Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Feel Better.

The Why & How of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

What we do

Neuromuscular re-education in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy involves training and re-patterning the muscles for better oral and facial function. It corrects improper muscle habits, improves coordination, and promotes a healthier orofacial system. Through targeted exercises, it enhances muscle control, strength, and coordination, leading to improved overall well-being.

How we do it

By focusing on the muscles and tissues of the upper airway, the tongue, jaw, face, head, and neck, we utilize tailored exercises to tone or relax these areas. Within a year, we address the disorder from its foundation, rather than using a band-aid approach. Our goal is to facilitate lasting positive change by resetting detrimental habits and targeting the root cause of the issue.

Best age to start

All ages can benefit from our services, though Tongue Thrust elimination is best started from 7 years old and up. While children tend to experience significant impact due to the adaptability of their oral-facial structures during the growth stage, adults can also greatly benefit from targeted muscle toning and relaxation. This can significantly improve the aging process and enhance the quality of life in their senior years. It's never too late to make a positive difference in your health.

Free Consultation

Everyone is eligible for a free consultation, regardless of age. This provides an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered and meet your Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist in Ottawa, ON.