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How Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can continue to improve patient’s occlusion 22 years following OMT!

September 2017

It always make my day when patients come back to see me!

It’s exciting to see how Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) can help a patient’s dental occlusion continue to improve years later after graduating from OMT…in this case, 22 years later!!!

This male patient was referred to me by his pediatric dentist, Dr. Mark Kogut of My Kids DDS  when he was 15 years old.

An Orofacial Myofunctional evaluation revealed an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) characterized by an incorrect oral rest posture of his tongue and lips resulting in a dental openbite and overjet.

Since the primary cause of an OMD is nasal airway problems, he was referred to the Allergist and ENT on my team who understand Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). The Allergist’s evaluation revealed Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis and the ENT evaluation revealed a nasal structural obstruction resulting in a tonsillectomy and partial inferior turbinate reduction. Once he healed from the surgeries and once the Allergist taught him how to control his allergies, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) was initiated at this clinic.

The first set of photos were taken when he was 15 years old.

Brad Schweig Before

 

The second set of photos were taken during OMT.

 

Brad Schweig In TX

 

The third set of photos were taken when he was seen 3 years after completing OMT.

Brad Schweig After TX

 

The fourth set of photos were taken 22 years after OMT.  Notice how his dental occlusion has continued to improve with no additional orthodontic treatment.

 

Brad Schweig 16 yrs after

NOTE: OMT does not take the place of orthodontic treatment.

Since 1977, Dr. Honor Franklin has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) in children, adolescents and adults which include an incorrect oral rest posture of the tongue and lips, an incorrect swallowing pattern (known as “tongue thrust” or “tongue thrust swallowing”), prolonged non-nutritive sucking habits and articulation (speech) disorders.She holds the distinction of being a Board Certified Orofacial Myologist/Myofunctional Therapist by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM); an honor held by a small percentage of professionals practicing orofacial myofunctional therapy. In fact, she in the ONLY Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist in Dallas and is only one of three in the state of Texas! In addition, as a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, she maintains Licensure by the State of Texas and a Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Franklin has had extensive training and experience with orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and articulation (speech) disorders and is considered an expert in these fields. She welcomes referrals from Orthodontists, Pediatric Dentists, Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dentists, Pediatricians, Internists, and Speech Language Pathologists.

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You Will Not Believe What This Patient’s Dentist Required Him to Wear Following Orthdontics and Jaw Surgery!

August 2017

I love it when my patients come back to see me!

This patient was referred to me in 1989, when he was 34 years old by his maxillofacial surgeon after having undergone orthodontic treatment FIVE times! ( In 1967-1968 and again 1976-1977 in Philadelphia, 1978-1980 in California, 1981-1984 in Dallas, Texas and 1988-1989 in Philadelphia).

When he presented to me for an Orofacial Myofunctional Evaluation in 1989 at age 34 years old, he was wearing upper and lower retainers during the day and you will not believe what he was instructed to wear at night to prevent his orthodontic – surgical treatment from relapsing – this horrific “tongue thrust” appliance!!

 

 

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BLOW YOUR NOSE!!!

June 2017

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Little Girl Blowing Her Nose

When a person exhibits a mouth breathing posture or chronic open mouth posture, it is important to determine if this posture is a habit due to past upper respiratory problems or if there are currently unresolved nasal airway concerns. The only professionals that can determine if you are able to breathe nasally consistently are ENTs and Allergists. Therefore, a referral to an ENT and Allergist is imperative.

Since nasal airway problems are the primary cause of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD), it is important to be evaluated by an ENT to rule out nasal structural obstructions such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids and an Allergist to rule out environmental airborne allergens.

Nasal airway problems are the CAUSE and the Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD), dental malocclusion  and articulation (speech) disorders are the RESULT.

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5 SIGNS OF SINUSITIS:

May 2017

It is well known that nasal airway problems are a the primary cause of an orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD), so recognizing the signs of sinusitis is important.

Sinusitis in Texas (and the rest of the United States) is a common problem. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 29 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis.

Remarkably, that’s nearly 13 percent of the entire population.

We hear you asking, “What is sinusitis?”

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Is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) or Tongue Thrust Therapy Just for Kids?

May 2017

Happy Patient of Dr. Honor Franklin

My patient, Gerald, age 52 years old, sent me this selfie photo when his orthodontic braces were removed. Look at that happy smile!

“Is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) or Tongue Thrust Therapy just for Kids?”

I get asked this question everyday and the answer is, “Absolutely Not!”

The oldest patient I have seen for orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) has been 76 years of age!

OMT was initiated on this patient in 2013, when he was 49 years old and he graduated from OMT when he was 52 years old.

Gerald was initially referred to me by his orthodontist, Dr. Cliff Alexander of Preston Hollow Orthodontics in 2007 when he was 43 years old. He was diagnosed as being an orthodontic surgical case and Gerald decided to postpone treatment because he did not want surgery.

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