Laser Treatment for Tongue-Tied
or Lip-Tied Babies
Quick, Simple Laser Procedure To Help Babies Nurse
Babies can have trouble nursing when a fold of tissue in their mouth, called a frenum, is too strong or too short and restricts the movement of their tongue or lips. Babies with this condition are said to be tongue-tied or lip-tied. Dr. Levine is very experienced in correcting this situation. He uses a noninvasive dental laser to remove the excess tissue during a simple, gentle and fast procedure. Infants as young as two days old can receive this treatment.
The laser quickly and gently corrects the overly restrictive frenum and restores free movement of the tongue or lip for proper feeding. Dr. Levine has helped thousands of babies using this technique.
Learn more about our tongue-tie and lip-tie treatment at our tongue-tie center website.
As a periodontist, Dr. Levine is a specialist in the treatment of the gums and other soft tissues in mouth. He has been practicing periodontics for over 40 years and has stayed on the cutting edge of technology, including laser technology, to make procedures gentle and minimally invasive. Using a high-tech, gentle dental laser, he has provided tongue- and lip-tie treatment to over 2700 babies, enabling them to nurse when they were not able to before.
If you are trying to breastfeed your baby and are finding it difficult or painful, come and see Dr. Levine for a complimentary evaluation. He will be able to tell you if your infant is tongue- or lip-tied and if this is causing your baby to be unable to nurse successfully. If so, he will explain the treatment procedure in detail, and he will take the time to answer all of your questions.
Hi-Tech Laser for Easy, Fast Treatment
Dr. Levine uses a special high-tech dental laser to provide gentle tongue- and lip-tie treatment. The Waterlase® laser has an adjustable water spray that provides a cooling effect, making for a comfortable procedure. The entire treatment takes just a few minutes. Mothers normally see an immediate change in baby’s ability to nurse, and in their own comfort during breastfeeding.
Benefits of Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Treatment
Releasing a lip-tie or tongue-tie not only frees up your baby’s ability to nurse properly and comfortably, it will also prevent many other difficulties as your child grows up:
- Your child’s ability to eat solid foods and chew properly will not be restricted.
- Speech impediments can occur as a result of being tongue- or lip-tied. Getting an overly restrictive frenum corrected at a young age can prevent such difficulties later in life.
- When the tongue is not properly pressing against the palate, the upper jaw can become underdeveloped. This often results in nonoptimum dental conditions that can require extensive orthodontic treatment to correct. Tongue-tie treatment at an early age can prevent such complications later on.
- It will be easier for your child to properly maintain their dental health.
To learn more, visit our tongue-tie website.
“After the laser procedure she turned into a whole new baby.”
“Dr. Levine and his staff were life savers for our three-month old. She was tongue- and lip-tied, taking over an hour to nurse and extremely fussy the rest of the time. After the laser procedure she turned into a whole new baby. Her temperament has made a complete 180, and she is happy and nursing efficiently.
“The staff and doctor made my husband and I, first-time parents, completely comfortable, providing us with all the information needed, and they were very patient with all our questions and concerns. They made us feel at ease during our visit, and we felt assured knowing they were on call at all times.
“Dr. Levine personally called the night after the procedure just to check on our little one. Not many doctors follow up or are willing to hand out their personal cell numbers! A huge ‘Thank you!’ to Dr. Levine and his wonderful staff for taking great care of our baby!”
Come and See Us!
If your baby is having difficulty nursing, Dr. Levine will be happy to provide a complimentary evaluation. He will let you know if your infant is tongue-tied or lip-tied and if so, he will explain the treatment procedure and answer any questions you may have.
To learn more about Tongue-Tie conditions, click here.