OMG  – Therapy that is good for your mouth, is good for your face


Two Waikato professionals are on a mission to help children and adults with problems stemming from the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.

From thumb sucking and nail biting to poor muscle tone, orthodontic relapse, snoring and tongue tie issues; OMG (Orofacial Myology Group) brings myofunctional therapy to Waikato.

OMG recently opened on Tristram St and offers an impressive range of services, with Nerissa Dryland and Amy Cudby two of just handful of trained myofunctional therapists in New Zealand. Patients can be referred from medical health professionals or make a private appointment.

What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional therapy is the “neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. The therapy includes facial and tongue exercises and techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing. Proper head and neck postures are also addressed.

What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.
OMDs may affect breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement,oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial aesthetics, and more.

Why be concerned?
Orthodontists and dentists have been concerned about OMD since the early 1900s because the abnormal functions and postures can negatively influence dental and skeletal growth, slow orthodontic treatment and may undermine the stability of an orthodontic correction, resulting in a relapse.

Habitual open-lip resting posture (lip incompetence), eliminates the beneficial influence that closed lips have on the development and maintenance of good dental arch form.

The presence of OMD may have a negative effect on the development of the dentition, particularly the eruption patterns and/or alignment of the teeth and jaws

What should you be looking for?
–  Mouth open posture/breathing (day and night)
–  Position of tongue at rest and swallow
–  Large tonsils
–  Noxious habits: (thumb/finger sucking, nail biting.
–  Tethered oral tissues (tongue tie)
–  Are muscles active on swallowing and at rest?
–  Head forward posture?
–  Messy chewing when eating?
–  Poor digestion due to improper swallowing?
–  Bloating? Burping? Hiccups
–  Tongue is visible during speech?
–  Lisping?
–  Bruxing/Clenching
–  Snoring

Who are the OMG team?
Nerissa Dryland and Amy Cudby practice myofunctional therapy at OMG. Together Nerissa and Amy have more than 30 years’ experience in the Health Industry.

They have been trained through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) to identify and treat unhealthy tongue thrusts and improper tongue resting postures.

With this advanced training, they are prepared to eliminate thumb sucking, nail biting and help improve overall facial tone.

They have always believed in prevention based dentistry and carry this philosophy through to the field of myofunctional therapy.

It’s never too late to be assessed for an OMD. However the earlier,  the better, as far as favourable facial growth and development goes.


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