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F&S Orthodontics and Periodontics not only provides highly functional and confident smiles in our adolescent and adult populations, but we are southcentral Pennsylvania’s premier treatment center for lip-ties and tongue-ties in newborns. You may have also heard the term tethered oral tissues (TOTs), a frenum, frenulum, or multiple other terms being used in publications and on the internet. All of these terms refer to tissues which attach the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the lips tightly to the jaws, preventing an appropriate latch and efficient breastfeeding.
We can, of course, also treat lip-ties and tongue-ties in other age groups, but our passion is addressing these issues as early as possible to make breastfeeding a wonderful experience for mothers and a healthy one for your new bundle of joy!
New parents will find us under a variety of circumstances, including referral from a physician, lactation consultant, midwife, friend, family member, and/or an internet search. The reason for referral is almost always the same: breastfeeding is painful, and traditional approaches alone are not working.
It’s very important that you understand and we make one thing very clear: BREAST FEEDING DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PAINFUL!
Mothers SufferIn newborns with lip-ties and/or tongue-tie, mothers oftentimes suffer from at least one, if not many, of the following:
- Moderate to severe pain during attempted latch
- Nipple infection or thrush
- Engorged or unemptied breasts
- Frustration and exhaustion
Newborn FrustrationThe newborn oftentimes experiences at least one, if not many, of the following:
- An ineffective and/or unsustained latch
- Unsatisfied and non-nutritional breastfeeding episodes
- Lack of weight gain
- Clicking and associated air intake during feeding
- Chronic crying
Ignoring Has ConsequencesLater in life, your child may suffer from one, if not many, of the following as a result of an untreated lip-tie and/or tongue-tie:
- Speech issues
- Sleep apnea
- Messy eating
- Malocclusion and/or crooked teeth
- Dental decay
F&S has been investing for years in the best technology available to address ties, including Solea CO2 laser technology. The procedure used to address a tie is called a ‘revision,’ and the use of this laser technology results in a quick procedure, minimal bleeding, and a very short healing period, during which your newborn will likely be able to latch shortly after the revision. Many mothers note an immediate, positive change with feeding, and we expect that to only improve with time.
If you suspect your newborn is lip-tied and/or tongue-tied, please contact us for an examination and to answer your questions. Prior to your appointment, please attempt to print and fill out the child health history form located on our New Patients page, and if you have dental insurance, contact your insurance company to have your newborn added to your policy.
We look forward to meeting you, and even more so to improving the health of you and your baby!