Oro Facial Myologist, Leanne will be starting to work at our practice from July 7th, every Tuesday afternoon.
HER EXPERTISE: Oro Facial Myology
Leanne is a Dental Therapist with 20 years' experience, working with many children to help achieve positive happy outcomes. She has also trained in the field of Orofacial Myology; her extensive dental knowledge lets her understand how the jaw and face develops.
Orofacial Myologists work with our clients using very specific muscle based exercises and techniques to improve the function of the muscles of the mouth. In children early intervention with orofacial myology can help correct poor tongue and lip habits that impair proper development of the face and jaws. Corrected tongue and lip function helps prevent crowding of the teeth. In teenagers and adults correct oral function has been shown to prevent movement of teeth after orthodontics.
Orofacial Myologists also work with clients to develop a natural nasal breathing habit. Body posture improves as you breathe through your nose, reducing adverse loading on the neck muscles and upper back. Chronic mouth breathing is linked to snoring, sleep disturbed breathing and poor quality sleep. Nasal breathing is essential to good sleep.
A child's thumb sucking habit can be difficult to overcome. Parents know that thumb sucking and finger sucking impact enormously on facial development and tooth alignment, but are often helpless to prevent it. Leanne develops clever & fun techniques that put your child in control of breaking their habit.
The success of these holistic therapies is achieved through a programme of simple daily exercises. Results are reviewed usually on a monthly basis and the exercises are modified for the next stage of learning. Final results are seen when the exercises becomes naturally incorporated in to everyday orofacial function. Cooperation and commitment to this process usually takes between 4 and 12 months
Orofacial Myologists work with different professionals to enable the best outcomes through a holistic approach. These practitioners include Orthodontists, Dentists, ENT's, Respiratory Physicians and Speech Pathologists