Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
A simple way to think of myofunctional therapy is physical therapy for the muscles of your mouth and face. We teach proper oral function. Dysfunction or disorders in this area are associated with airway problems, incorrect orofacial growth and development, crooked teeth, orthodontic relapse, speech, chewing, and swallowing problems, to name a few. They can have a negative impact on your total body health. The therapy program is all about changing habits, strengthening and retraining muscles to improve the way we breathe, speak, chew and swallow. It’s possible to have life-changing results from a myofunctional therapy program.
2. How long will therapy take?
As with other disorders, it all depends on the type of problem we are treating, the severity of the problem, and patient compliance with recommended treatment. The average time is 4-6 months, but some people may need therapy for around 12 months. Your estimated therapy length will be discussed with you at your initial evaluation.
3. Do you accept insurance?
Orofacial myofunctional therapy falls under the medical not dental category and isn't covered very well or at all by insurance. The field is growing rapidly, but insurance in general has not caught up. In most cases, it is an out-of pocket expense and for this reason, Functional Face is a fee for service practice. With that in mind, we have made sure that our fees are reasonable, and have implemented a variety of ways to fit it into your budget, so you or your loved one can get the treatment needed.
4. What are my payment options?
Functional Face accepts cash, check, debit, credit, or HSA cards.
5. Do you offer online therapy?
Yes, we absolutely do. Each week we serve many clients via telehealth and are successful in achieving our therapy goals in person or online. Sometimes, we do a hybrid program and combine both types of sessions throughout the therapy process.
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