Expertise - Orthodontics / Myofunctional Therapy
We approach orthodontics from a root cause perspective. This means that we don’t just straighten teeth, but we look at the reasons that the teeth became crooked or misaligned. When we fix the original issue, we can achieve optimal function in kids and adults. The results also last much longer and revisions are rarely needed. In a growing child, when we create room in their mouth for their tongue and all their teeth, it enables them to breathe better and therefore reach their potential. We are able to impact their cognitive growth and development. This form of orthodontics goes by various names: airway focused orthodontics, functional orthodontics, early intervention orthodontics and many others. They all have the same goal: to create adequate room in the mouth and to teach children healthy oral habits so that proper growth and development can occur.
Dr. Catherine Murphy is our pediatric orthodontics who practices early intervention orthodontics for children.
Myofunctional therapy is like physical therapy for your face, mouth, and tongue muscles that improves talking, eating and breathing. For many reasons, the mouth may function incorrectly and needs training to correct tongue posture, eliminate mouth breathing, increase nasal breathing, and promote correct chewing and swallowing habits. This type of training is suggested for a variety of patients and is the most comprehensive, holistic way to deal with various orofacial or myofunctional problems. Those who suffer from a sleep related breathing issue, are going through orthodontics, or even have TMJ disorder could immensely benefit. If you have more questions about myofunctional therapy, feel free to call our Lakeview, Chicago office at 773-975-6666. You may also book an appointment with our provider who sees patients both in-office and Zoom.