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Lip Tie

A lip-tie is also known as a restricted lingual frenum or a tethered oral tissue (TOT). The frenum is the line or band of tissue under the lips - we all have one. It connects the lips to the tissues surrounding the teeth, In some people however, the frenum is too tight or too short, and it can actually restrict the movement of the lip, as well as prevent proper breast feeding, increase risks for mouth breathing, prevent teeth from erupting properly and cause a lot of recession to the teeth around it.

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Tongue Tie

A tongue-tie is also known as a restricted lingual frenum or a tethered oral tissue (TOT). The frenum is the line or band of tissue under the tongue - we all have one. It connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In some people however, the frenum is too tight or too short, and it can actually restrict the movement of the tongue, as well as prevent it from resting in the correct place. Lips can be tied as well.

The tongue and oral muscles will need to be retrained and strengthened after the frenum is released. Think of it just like any other surgery where rehabilitation is required. The muscles in tongue have never learned to move or rest properly, so in this case, myofunctional therapy is just like physical therapy, only for the mouth.