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Orthodontic Dental Services

Lingual Frenectomy

What is a Tongue Tie?

A frenum is a fold of tissue or muscle that connects the lips, cheek or tongue to the jawbone.  The band of tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is called the lingual frenum, while the band connecting the lip to the gum in front of the teeth is called the labial frenum.  A frenectomy is a procedure to remove one of these folds of tissue.  

Orthodontic Retainer

Retainers are not an orthodontic appliance in that they do not move the teeth. They are however essential in almost all cases to help prevent the teeth moving once the braces are removed.

Removable Braces

Removable Braces

Traditional removable appliances consist of an acrylic plate with clasps to hold the plate, and springs or screws or bite planes to move the teeth. They are mostly used in early orthodontic treatments for children such as to correct a single tooth or expanding the dental arch or to correct deep bites. Sometimes they are used prior to fixed appliances.  They are commonly used prior to fixed appliances to achieve expansion of dental arches.