How the TLP works

MYOTALEA® TLP (TONGUE AND LIP PRESS) APPLIANCE

The Myotalea® TLP was the precursor to the TLJ appliance and works in a similar way, minus the TMJ exercise.

Practitioners who are not licensed to prescribe intra-oral appliances can still use the TLP during various phases in their therapy to target the lip, tongue and pharyngeal muscles.

The TLP is less effective and more difficult to use than the TLJ. Although the TLJ appliance is preferred to the TLP, the TLP can still be used as an alternative and when access to the TLJ is not available.

 

APPLICATIONS

  • Can be used for all the same indications as the TLJ except for jaw joint exercises.
  • A simpler alternative to the TLJ appliance.
  • Can be used as an adjunct appliance to myofunctional therapy.
  • Suitable for practitioners who cannot use intra-oral appliances.

APPLIANCES FEATURES

  • The Press Tube used between the lip muscles, improves lip seal and promotes nasal breathing.
  • The Press Tube used between the tongue and the palate improves tongue strength and position.
  • Head tilt variation, when combined with the pressing of the tongue in step 2 of the Tongue Press & Hold exercise, improves strength of the supra-hyoid and pharyngeal muscles.

DESIGN FEATURES

  • Handle with Strap Tether Hole – can be used to attach to other devices.
  • Strengthens the tongue and lips, allowing for improved muscle function.
  • Made from medical grade silicon and available in two strength levels.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

As advised by your practitioner, these exercises can be combined to form an exercise flow sequence as follows:

Tongue Press & Hold

  1. Position the Press Tube between the tongue and the roof of the mouth.
  2. Compress the entire body of the tongue firmly against the Press Tube into the roof of the mouth.
  3. Hold for 5 breaths while keeping lips together and breathing lightly through the nose.

See below for an advanced technique.*

Lip Press & Hold

  1. Position the middle of the TLP between the lips, just in front of the teeth.
  2. Maintain tongue in the roof of the mouth and press lips firmly together to compress the Press Tube closed.
  3. Hold for 5 breaths while breathing lightly through the nose.

See below for an advanced technique.*


Active Tongue Press

  1. Position the Press Tube between the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The teeth can be slightly separated while doing this exercise.
  2. While maintaining a light nasal breathing pattern, elevate the entire body of your tongue and actively compress the Press Tube closed into the roof of your mouth for 1 breath, and release. Repeat this step 5 times.

See below for an advanced technique.*


Active Lip Press

  1. Position the middle of the TLP between the lips, just in front of the teeth. The teeth can be slightly separated while doing this exercise.
  2. Maintain tongue in the roof of the mouth while breathing lightly through the nose. Press lips firmly together to actively compress the Press Tube closed and hold for 1 breath, then release. Repeat this step 5 times.

See below for an advanced technique.*


*HEAD TILT VARIATION: Tilt the head backwards while performing exercises to improve strength in the throat and airway muscles.



TWO STRENGTH LEVELS:

TLP-S (Soft Version)

For patients who have difficulties
completing exercises with the TLP-H.

TLP-H (Hard Version)

Patients progress to the harder TLP-H
to further increase tongue and lip strength.

Appliance use

Designed For


• Habitual mouth breathing
 
• Lips apart rest posture
 
• Incorrect swallowing pattern
 
• Low tongue rest posture