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Tongue-Ties, Lip-Ties, and Myofunctional Therapy

At Solis Dental, we understand the complexities of oral health and offer specialized care in areas often overlooked, such as tongue ties, lip ties, and the transformative myofunctional therapy. 


Tongue- and lip-ties can impact everything from speech to sleeping patterns, while myofunctional therapy offers a holistic approach to improve your sleep, speech, and facial development. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through these treatments, ensuring a better quality of life and overall well-being.

Tongue-Ties and Their Impact on Well-Being

At Solis Dental, we often address the challenges posed by restrictive lingual frenulum—commonly known as tongue-tie, or ankylglossia. This is where the band of tissue under the tongue restricts its movement. 


The tongue is important for many things we do every day, like talking, eating, breathing, and even sleeping. For the mouth and jaws to grow properly, the tongue needs to move freely; and at our clinic, we’re committed to addressing these issues effectively.

Recognizing Tongue-Ties

Tongue-ties can vary. Some are severe and easily noticed due to difficulties in speaking or swallowing. These are usually spotted and treated early. But there are also milder cases that might not be as obvious. These can lead to less noticeable symptoms, like sleeping difficulties, snoring, or restless sleep because the tongue’s position can affect breathing.


People with a tongue-tie might change how they sleep, like breathing through the mouth, biting down, or sleeping more on one side. These changes can affect the growth of the face and jaw and even posture.

Challenges of Severe Tongue-Ties:

  • Difficulty in speech and swallowing.

  • Early identification and treatment.

Challenges of Milder Tongue-Ties:

  • Subtle symptoms leading to delayed diagnosis.

  • Restricted tongue movement causing airway obstruction during sleep.

  • Problems like difficulty sleeping on the back, snoring, and restless sleep.

  • Development of compensatory sleep patterns: mouth breathing, teeth clenching, side sleeping.

  • Impact on facial and jaw development, temporomandibular joint health, and overall posture.

  • Daytime compensation: forward head posture, rounded shoulders, and other posture-related issues.

Treating Tongue-Ties

Treating a tongue-tie can make a big difference. By releasing this tight band of tissue, we can help improve tongue movement and posture. This can lead to better sleep, easier speaking and eating, and overall improved well-being.


At our dental practice, we’re here to help you understand and manage tongue-ties, whether it’s for you or your child. Our goal is to ensure everyone enjoys the benefits of a healthy, comfortable mouth and a great quality of life.

Additional Research on Tongue-Ties

  1. Tongue-Tie by Dr. Soroush Zaghi

  2. Tongue-Tie Compensations

  3. Lingual frenuloplasty with myofunctional therapy: Exploring safety and efficacy in 348 cases

  4. Muscle tension dysphonia in singers and professional speakers with ankyloglossia: Impact of treatment with lingual frenuloplasty and orofacial myofunctional therapy

  5. Ankyloglossia as a risk factor for maxillary hypoplasia and soft palate elongation

Lip-Ties—More Than Just a Hidden Dilemma

In the intricate tapestry of oral health, one often overlooked thread is the phenomenon known as “lip-ties.” While this term may not be as familiar as its sibling, “tongue-tie,” its impact on individuals can be just as profound. Let’s unravel the enigma of lip-ties and explore the hidden world beneath our lips.


A lip-tie, scientifically termed “labial frenulum,” is a thin band of tissue that connects the upper lip to the gum line, just above the front teeth. It is a common occurrence, present from birth, and usually harmless. However, in some cases, this seemingly innocuous tissue can cause issues that extend beyond infancy.

Challenges of Lip-Ties

Lip-ties may remain inconspicuous for years, quietly exerting their influence in the background. Children and adults with lip-ties can experience a range of challenges. These may include:


  • Difficulties in proper oral hygiene, as the tight tissue can trap food particles and promote gum disease

  • Speech impediments, particularly with certain sounds like “f” and “v,”

  • Significant morphological changes including jaw and arch development

  • Spacing in between teeth called diastemas.


Another surprising aspect of lip-ties is their potential impact on breastfeeding. Just as a tongue-tie can hinder a baby’s ability to latch and feed effectively, a lip-tie can cause similar struggles. For nursing mothers and their infants, this can lead to frustration, pain, and complications that may necessitate intervention.

Treating Lip-Ties

In many cases, a simple, minimally invasive procedure called a “frenectomy” can release the restrictive lip-tie. This procedure involves snipping the frenulum to provide greater mobility of the upper lip.


The effects of a successful lip-tie release can be transformative.


  • For infants, breastfeeding can become less painful and more efficient, while ensuring proper jaw, arch, and facial development. 

  • Older children and adults may experience improvements in speech, oral hygiene, teeth positioning, and overall comfort.


As our understanding of lip-ties continues to evolve, it’s important to pay attention and get help from a dentist or doctor if you think a lip-tie is causing problems for you or your child. In addressing this hidden dilemma, we can unlock a brighter, healthier future for all those affected by this often-overlooked aspect of oral anatomy.

Additional Research on Lip-Ties

Myofunctional Therapy: Exploring a Path to Healthier Living

Myofunctional therapy is a lesser-known but impactful holistic healthcare method that focuses on the muscles and functions of the face, mouth, tongue, and throat. This comprehensive approach aims to improve various health aspects, including sleep quality, speech, and overall well-being. 


Myofunctional therapy addresses the muscles in the face and mouth. It helps with sleep problems by focusing on how the tongue is positioned, breathing through the mouth, and issues with tongue-ties. It’s an alternative to traditional treatments for conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, enhancing sleep and other facets of health.

The Sleep Connection and Overall Health

Myofunctional therapy is great for improving sleep health by helping with things like tongue position, mouth breathing, and tongue-ties. This therapy doesn’t just help with sleep. Myofunctional therapy: 


  • Improves speech

  • Eases swallowing

  • Supports the way your face grows


It’s a full-package approach that can make a big difference in overall health, offering a natural way to treat sleep problems and contribute to a better quality of life.

Discover the Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy with Our Dental Team

Here at Solis Dental, we’re passionate about myofunctional therapy and its benefits for our patients. Our goal is to help you understand how this therapy can improve your sleep, speech, and overall health. We’re dedicated to sharing our knowledge and expertise, making sure everyone has access to this effective and natural treatment.


Myofunctional therapy is a powerful tool in our dental care arsenal, and we’re excited to offer it as a way to enhance your well-being. Come discover with us how this innovative therapy can make a real difference in your life!

Additional Resources on Myofunctional Therapy

Your Path to Wellness Begins Here—Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Ready to take the first step towards better oral health and overall wellness? Contact Solis Dental today to schedule your consultation. Our expert team is eager to discuss how treatments for tongue-ties, lip-ties, and myofunctional therapy can benefit you or your child. 


Don’t let these often-overlooked aspects of oral health hold you back from a happier, healthier life. Call us now and embark on your journey to improved well-being with Solis Dental.

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