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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.

Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Honor Franklin at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic 972-233-1312

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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!!




Does Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Really Work?

January 2017


As an IAOM Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist specializing in orofacial myofunctional therapy (or what has been referred to as “tongue thrust therapy”) since 1977, I get asked everyday,”Does Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy really work?”

The answer is, “Absolutely!”

I think the best way to demonstrate proof of how Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) really works is to show the long term results of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) through photographs of my patient’s teeth.


Does a “Tongue Thrust” cause anterior open bites?

August 2016

Before & After Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

For years, dentists have told their patients that anterior open bites (bites where there is a gap or opening between the upper and lower front teeth) are created when the tongue is pushed between the front teeth during swallowing known as a “tongue thrust”.

Although the tongue is one of the strongest and most active muscles in the body, does swallowing actually cause dental malocclusions like an anterior open bite?


Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs)

May 2016

Before and After Face Photos of OMT Therapy

Here is my beautiful patient, Shay Lowe Shull who shared her experience with Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic and orthodontics at Adams & McBride Orthodontics on her blog, Mix and Match Mama that we posted on April 19, 2016. (http://shullfamily.blogspot.com/2014/09/fifty-two-shades-of-shay-myofunctional.html?m=1)


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