At BreatheWorks we work to improve tongue, lips, and jaw muscle function. There is some research that suggests that tongue posture and function can play a role in the speed and effectiveness of palatal expansion. The position and function of the tongue can influence the pressure exerted on the palate, which can affect the rate of expansion.
A study published in the European Journal of Orthodontics in 2014 examined the relationship between tongue posture and the success of rapid maxillary expansion (RME), which is a type of palatal expansion. The researchers found that patients who had a more favorable tongue posture during treatment had better outcomes in terms of expansion and stability.
Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry in 2017 investigated the effect of tongue posture on the success of slow maxillary expansion (SME), another method of palatal expansion. The researchers found that patients who had a more anterior tongue posture during treatment had greater expansion of the maxilla.
While these studies suggest a potential relationship between tongue posture and the speed of palatal expansion, it's important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the extent of this relationship and its clinical implications. Additionally, the success of palatal expansion is influenced by various factors, including the specific technique used, patient compliance, and individual anatomical considerations.
BreatheWorks offers a non-invasive precursor or adjunct care to palatal expansion. We are covered by insurance to improve overall oropharyngeal function by promoting better tongue, lips and jaw placement, stability, and movement and reducing improper negative compensations.
We work with dental professional teams who can evaluate your specific case and provide personalized advice regarding the use of tongue posture and function in conjunction with palatal expansion.