Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment

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Lip & Tongue Tie

what is a tongue-tie?

Ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, is the restriction of tongue movement as a result of fusion or adherence of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A tongue-tie is caused by a frenum that is abnormally short or attached too close to the tip of the tongue.

Normal tongue function allows a baby to latch adequately and breastfeed efficiently, promotes normal speech development, makes it possible to self-cleanse the mouth during eating, allows adequate swallowing patterns, allows for proper growth and development, and makes fun little things like eating ice cream, kissing, or sticking your tongue out to catch raindrops possible.

special care for special smiles

Each child has unique needs, and we love serving those with developmental disabilities, behavioral or sensory issues, anxiety, or physical limitations. We specialize in treating children who need a little extra care.


We’ve created a safe space with no judgment. Whether your child has never been to the dentist or has multiple cavities, we welcome everyone at every stage and treat them with respect and kindness.

What is a Lip-Tie?

A lip-tie occurs when the upper lip remains attached to the upper gum. It can lead to problems with speech and eating habits, jaw pain and protrusion, clicking jaws, a gap between teeth, pain with breastfeeding, and other oral health issues.

helping infants

An infant’s struggle with breastfeeding can often be solved with guidance from our lactation consultant or a bodyworker helping with posture and latching. However, there are cases when a baby’s lip or tongue is tethered in a way that makes nursing painful or ineffective. In these instances, a release (Frenectomy) of their lip or tongue attachment (frenum) may be necessary.

helping mothers

A frenectomy can help mothers relieve the pain of breastfeeding and regain healthy nipples and breasts, stimulate milk production by adequate stimulation, encourage bonding with her baby, and ensure adequate feeding and growth of the baby.

Frenectomy with Laser Treatment

All frenectomy procedures are completed using a precision laser. This laser does not emit heat or water and cauterizes as it works. As a result, there is minimal trauma, bleeding, and scar tissue as well as reduced risk of infection.

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"Hines little smiles made a scary thing fun for my son."

"Hines little smiles made a scary thing fun for my son. He is excited to go back, from the receptionist all the way to billing was an exciting experience."

Summer D.

we can't wait to meet you

we can't wait to meet you

Call 614-475-5439 or request an appointment online to set up your first visit. We’ll be in touch soon.

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