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