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Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Release


We offer services to resolve tongue tie or lip tie for children and teens through precision laser surgery.

In addition to being a pediatric dentistry, Band & Wire is also a specialized pediatric tongue-tie dentist in Clarendon Hills, IL. We provide our services to kids as early as one year old and to teenagers too.

We don’t just provide essential dental cleaning or oral health checkups — we also offer services from the top lip-tie and pediatric tongue-tie dentists in Clarendon Hills, IL, and the suburban Chicago area. Below, we discuss everything you need to know about lip and tongue ties and how we treat them:


What are lip ties?

A lip tie is a condition where the frenulum — the tissue connecting the upper lip to the gums — is too short or tight, affecting eating, speech, and oral health.


What are tongue ties?

A tongue tie is a similar condition where the frenulum linguae — the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth — is too short or tight, restricting tongue movement and causing problems with eating, speech, and oral health.


Symptoms of Tongue & Lip Ties

Tongue and lip ties are commonly diagnosed in infants but also develop in children and adults. Many signs and symptoms indicate a tongue or lip tie, such as:

  • Difficulty latching to the breast or bottle
  • Slow weight gain
  • Colic symptoms
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Gagging or vomiting
  • Clicking or popping when feeding
  • Speech problems, like lisping or difficult pronunciation
  • Difficulty brushing teeth or flossing
  • Recurrent ear infections

If your child shows symptoms of a lip or tongue tie, consider seeing our tongue and lip tie dentist in Clarendon Hills, IL — either Dr. Diana Lee or Dr. Deric Truskoski — for an evaluation.

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Treatment for Lip/Tongue Ties & Its Benefits

Treating a tongue or lip tie often involves a frenotomy, a minor procedure that releases the frenulum. Here are some benefits of this treatment:

  • It helps relieve your child’s difficulty with latching.
  • It returns your child’s ability to perform proper speech and pronunciation.
  • It helps make brushing and flossing easier, preserving your child’s oral health.

Is your infant or child dealing with similar problems? Consult with our pediatric dentists, Dr. Diana Lee and Dr. Deric Truskoski.

Tongue Tie and Lip Tie FAQs

Does Lip Tie or Tongue Tie Affect Breastfeeding?

Tongue and lip ties can restrict tongue and/or lip movement, making it difficult for your child to latch for proper breastfeeding, leading to several problems, including:

  • Pain for the mother
  • Poor milk transfer
  • Slow weight gain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Gagging or vomiting
  • Clicking or popping noises when feeding
  • Speech problems later in life

If your baby appears to have a lip or tongue tie, meet with a lactation consultant, healthcare provider, or pediatric lip tie dentist in Clarendon Hills, IL. If they are diagnosed with one, it can be treated with a frenotomy, a safe and quick treatment that improves breastfeeding and relieves other problems caused by tongue or lip ties.

Here are some tips for nursing mothers with children who have a lip/tongue tie:

  • Be patient and persistent. It takes time for babies to breastfeed with a tongue tie.
  • Try different breastfeeding positions to find a comfortable one for your baby.
  • Use a nipple shield to reduce pain and make it easier for your baby to latch.
  • See a lactation consultant to help your baby breastfeed successfully.

If you have trouble breastfeeding, book an appointment with our pediatric dentists – Dr. Lee and Dr. Truskoski, who will determine if a tongue or lip tie laser surgery in Clarendon Hills, IL is necessary.

How is Tongue Tie in Infants and Children Treated with a Soft Tissue Laser?

A tongue tie treatment, or laser frenectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to cut through the frenulum linguae, the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

Band & Wire’s pediatric tongue tie dentist in Clarendon Hills, IL, uses such a precise laser that it eliminates bleeding and pain enough to perform without local anesthetic. The procedure usually takes only a few minutes at our office.

Are There Benefits of a Lip or Tongue Tie Release with a Precise Laser?

Our pediatric dentistry patients who undergo laser frenectomy notice it frees their child’s tongue, improves breastfeeding, and relieves other oral restrictions caused by tongue or lip ties.

Here are some benefits of treatment with our lip or tongue tie laser in Clarendon Hills, IL:

  • It is minimally invasive, meaning less pain, fewer complications, and less risk of infection.
  • It is quick and easy, so your child can go home the same day.
  • The laser cauterizes as it cuts, preventing bleeding and infection.

If you are considering lip/tongue tie release, schedule an appointment with our lip tie pediatric dentist in Clarendon Hills, IL, to discuss your child’s lip or tongue tie treatment.

What is Solea Laser?

Band & Wire is an exceptional dental care practice and tongue tie specialist in Clarendon Hills, IL, because we use a Solea CO2 laser for each lip tie and tongue tie treatment.

This soft tissue laser is used for a variety of procedures, like:

  • Frenectomy: Releases a tight frenulum, or tissue that connects the tongue or lip to the gums.
  • Gingivectomy: Removes excess gum tissue.
  • Needle-free & Drill-Free Cavity Treatment

Our laser performs so well that it is virtually pain-free because it cauterizes as it cuts, preventing bleeding and infection.

Band & Wire’s pediatric dentistry experts — Dr. Diana Lee and Dr. Deric Truskoski — use this laser because it provides our child patients with simple procedures that have a short recovery time.

Band & Wire: Lip Tie & Tongue Tie Dentist | Clarendon Hills, IL

If you are looking for a top pediatric dentistry practice and Chicago tongue tie center within reach of Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, and Oak Brook, IL, look no further than Band & Wire! We offer top pediatric dentistry services using cutting-edge tech, all at fair prices. Reach out to our friendly staff to schedule your infant’s or child’s oral evaluation today!


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