Marge Foran, RDH, COM

Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

(406) 431-3441


Services provided at Montana Myofunctional Therapy…..
for children, teens and adults

Elimination of Oral Habits such as:
Sucking Habit – thumb and finger sucking, pacifier sucking
Tongue Thrust or reverse swallowing
Open Mouth Posture and mouth breathing
Lip Licking

Adjunct therapy with other healthcare disciplines for:
Ankyloglossia aka tongue-tie or TOTS
Breathing re-education through Buteyko Breathing
Orofacial Pain
Jaw Surgery Post op Rehabilitation 

What is orofacial myofunctional therapy…An individualized regime of exercises that re-pattern the oral and facial muscles *Exercises are used to correct tongue and  lip resting postures as well as to develop correct chewing and swallowing  patterns and promotion of nasal breathing *Motivational therapy to eliminate harmful habits such as thumb/finger sucking habits

Goals of Therapy…Facilitation of normal growth and development *Assist in the creation, the restoration and maintenance of a normal harmonious orofacial muscle environment *A normal swallow, the tip of the tongue presses firmly against the roof of the mouth or hard palate.  The tongue works in junction with all the other muscles involved in swallowing. The hard palate is designed to absorb the forces created by the tongue. *Ideal orofacial rest posture when not eating or speaking includes the tongue resting in the roof of the mouth, teeth slightly apart and the lips lightly touching.

How effective is therapy…There are many factors that contribute to the success of the therapy program. It is truly a team effort. Effective communication and cooperation between therapist and the dental and medical community is essential. In addition, successful orofacial myofunctional therapy depends on the patient’s desire, dedicated cooperation and self-discipline to follow-through with therapy assignments and support from others. To ensure optimum results for children undergoing therapy, parental involvement and encouragement is important and necessary.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has helped literally thousands of individuals, in dozens of countries, for over 30 years. Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness:

  • Hahn, V.  & Hahn, H.  (1992), Efficacy of oral myofunctional therapy. International Journal of Orofacial Myology, Vol.18, 21-23. This study revealed that treatment for orofacial myofunctional disorders can be 80-90% effective in correcting rest posture, swallowing and other oral functions and that these corrections are retained years after completing therapy.

  • Benkert, K. (1997), The effectiveness of orofacial myofunctional therapy in improving dental occlusion. International Journal of Orofacial Myology. Vol. 23, 35-47. This study determined that dental occlusion improved with orofacial myofunctional therapy such as decreasing dental open bite and decreasing dental overjet.

  • Smithpeter, J. & Covell, D. (2010), Relapse of anterior open bites treated with orthodontic appliances with and without orofacial myofunctional therapy.  American Journal of Orthodontic and  Dentofacial Orthopedics, 137, 5, 605-614. This study compared the relapse rate of orthodontic appliances with and without orofacial myofunctional therapy. The results showed that therapy with orthodontic treatment was effective in closing and maintaining closure of open bites in Class I and II malocclusions, and reduced the rate of relapse

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