Northland OfM 

Lorna Byrne RDH, COM®

021 850 173

Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand

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Your orofacial health is in good hands

Northland OFM is the leading Orofacial Myology practice in Whangarei New Zealand — We offer proactive, quality healthcare in a safe and comfortable environment.

Your orofacial health is our number one priority so allow it to be yours.


Correct function of oral and facial muscles is paramount for facial development including tooth alignment, jaw shape and function.

Orofacial Myology is the practice of restoring normal and mutual interaction of the muscles of the face and mouth, definition and respiration which is the basis of speaking, chewing and swallowing.

It is a programme designed to correct muscle dysfunction and abnormal swallowing patterns.

We offer Video link packages for those living further afield or rurally.



  • oral habits, e.g. thumb or finger sucking, dummy, blanket, etc?

  • Habits such as nail biting, cheek and lip biting, clothes chewing and grinding of teeth?

  • Restricted airway, which can be due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids, a narrow or high palate, a large tongue, an over-sized uvula and/or allergies?

  • snoring?

  • frequent night-time urination?

  • tongue tie?

  • Neurological or developmental abnormalities? 

  • Hereditary predisposition to some of the above factors?


In most cases it is the result of a combination of factors, and may result in any of the following:

  • Tongue thrusting

  • Incorrect tongue position

  • Crooked teeth

  • Crowded mouths

  • Mouth breathing

  • Poor posture

  • Incorrect chewing function

  • Altered speech patterns

  • Asymmetrical lip appearance and function

  • Asymmetrical facial appearance and function


Practitioners of Orofacial Myology

Therapy evaluate and treat patients with myofunctional  disorders or anomalies, correcting poor muscle function of the lips, tongue, face and neck. Habits are formed over a lifetime and they do have long lasting health effects. 

The therapy consists of exercises performed twice a day for 5 minutes with appointments set every two or three weeks. With cooperation and commitment a typical course of treatment takes approximately 9 visits for children and occasionally longer for adults. 

The therapy is non invasive, gentle and works entirely with the patient and their capabilities.





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