It’s Time Thrive!‍

Is your child a…

  • picky eater
  • thumb, finger or tongue sucker
  • mouth breather
  • teeth grinder

Would you like your
child to Thrive?

  • feed better
  • breathe freer
  • speak clearer
  • sleep deeper
  • smile brighter
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Welcome to thrive by children's choice

Facial and oral muscle disorders can cause children to experience issues with chewing, swallowing, speech, sleep, breathing, breastfeeding, teeth alignment, facial development, and more. 

“It’s like Physical Therapy for the mouth.”

Our experienced clinician uses Myofunctional Therapy to effectively retrain a child’s orofacial muscles to correct and relieve functional issues while also enhancing their facial appearance.

Common Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs)

  • Thumb, finger, and tongue sucking 
  • Improper tongue resting placement or thrusting
  • Drooling beyond suitable age
  • Swallowing and Speech difficulties
  • Orafacial hypersensitivity
  • Picky eating
  • Lip/Tongue tie

Common OMD Causes

  • Airway disruption
  • Prolonged sucking habit
  • Tethered oral tissues (tongue-tie, lip-tie)
laser solutions for
tongue-tie & lip-tie

Untreated OMD Concerns

  • Mouth breathing
  • Growth and development issues
  • Dental malocclusion
  • Speech, Swallowing, TMJ disorders
  • Sleep apnea
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Childhood Beginnings

When infants are unable to breastfeed appropriately, it leads to swallowing issues. These concerns result in children being labeled as picky eaters when the issue is actually a myofunctional problem.


Untreated Progression

Without treatment, speech difficulties typically arise around the age of 2. By age 5, these children with untreated myofunctional issues experience malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth) and future orthodontic challenges. When they reach their teen years, most of the facial growth is complete, meaning the shape of the face will remain even with orthodontic intervention at that time.


Early Intervention Makes the Difference

Oral habits in growing children determine teeth, face, jaw, and airway development. Correcting poor habits early can transform a child’s present and future oral health. Through physical therapy of the oral musculature, myofunctional intervention remedies poor muscle function that would inevitably lead to diminished airway, misaligned teeth, and facial growth issues.

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Therapy Solutions

Nasal breathing

Nasal breathing cleans, warms, and humidifies the air to help us relax. Open mouth breathing results in a facial growth pattern often seen in long-faced children with allergic shiners.

Tongue placement

Tongue placement is critical to myofunctional therapy. When the tongue rests away from its proper position, it often results in facial development issues and bite concerns.

Proper swallowing

Training a child to engage in proper swallowing may take up to a year of therapy, but it is essential to help them grow and thrive. 

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If you have any concerns with your child’s development, please contact our Thrive team at 202-410-0088 or email us at

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New Carrollton, MD
(301) 731-8510
Washington, DC
(202) 410-0088

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