Tongue-Tie Treatment

What it is and how to treat it.

What are the Indicators of a Tongue-Tie in a Child or Adult?


  • Difficulties with early feeding for the breastfeeding mother and child

  • Difficulties transitioning to solid/mixed consistencies of foods

  • Malocclusion 

  • Mumbling/Not pronouncing words correctly

  • Speech not improving despite years of speech therapy

  • Messy, picky eater

  • Unable to properly clear food particles resulting in an increase in cavities

  • Deviated swallowing patterns

  • Tongue thrust

  • Digestive problems

  • Extended period of time in orthodontics

  • Orthodontic relapse


What is a Tongue-Tie?
Ankyloglossia, mostly commonly known as tongue-tie, is when an individual has a limited range of motion with the tongue.

What Causes a Tongue-Tie?

A tongue-tie is caused by a restricted lingual frenulum, the membrane that extends from the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. 


How Do You Treat a Tongue-Tie?
We treat tongue ties as a multidisciplinary approach. As an ambassador of The Breathe Institute, Dr Villafane works with ENTs, orthodontists, dentists, myofunctional therapists, speech language pathologists to provide all-encompassing care.

After diagnosis a tongue-tie or lip-tie release is performed in the office. In April of 2020 Floss Family Dental and Surgical Center invested in a LightScalpel CO2 laser. Doing so provides a multitude of benefits to patients: less surgical time and discomfort during the procedure, reduced swelling, a cleaner cut resulting in less scar tissue and less risk of infection.


Read more about how lasers work to fix a tongue tie or lip tie on the LightScalpel patient education page

Did you know?
If you have a parent or sibling with a tongue-tie, it’s very likely you could have one too.

Next Steps

Call to set up an appointment to learn if you or a child could benefit from a procedure to correct a tongue-tie.


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