Is your baby having difficulty breastfeeding? They may have tongue tie

schedule appointment

Tongue tie affects mostly newborn babies to children up to 6 years of age

Dr. Vanessa has Many Years of experience in treating tongue tie with a simple laser procedure

schedule appointment

Tongue tie may seem like a simple condition, but it can greatly impact your child’s life.

Understanding tongue/lip tie

Tongue tie is a condition in which the frenum, the small “string” that runs vertically from the floor of the mouth to the undersurface of the tongue, restricts the tongue’s mobility and make it difficult for the tongue to move. We also have a frenum beneath the upper lip. A lip tie cause restriction on the lip’s mobility.

If the functionality of the tongue and/or the lip is affected, you may see negative effects on infant breastfeeding, toddler with speech problems and adult with sleep disorder and neck tension.


Dr. Vanessa will perform a full assessment of related issues to diagnosis the tongue and/or lip tie. The release of the tie (frenectomy) is a procedure completed with laser in our office. Overall, a frenectomy will likely improve the ability to eat, speak, and sleep!

A small detail, a simple action, remarkable changes!

Most common signs and symptoms:


Baby’s symptoms:

  • Feeding poorly and being hungry shortly after nursing.
  • Struggle to nurse or take a bottle
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Make clicking or smacking noises when eating
  • Experience lots of gas or continually fuss
  • Growing at a slower pace than expected

Mothers’ symptoms:

  • Painful nursing
  • Blister or cut nipples
  • Decrease milk supply
  • Plugged ducts or mastitis
  • Inability to nurse without a nipple shield


  • Sleep restlessly
  • Slow or picky eater
  • Choke or gag on liquids or foods
  • Problems in speech development,
  • Difficulty in articulating sounds and pronouncing letters L, R, T, D, N, TH, SH and Z
  • Grinding, snoring, or breathing with moth open


  • Psychosocial problems related to speech difficulties
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Sleep difficulties (snoring, sleep apnea, grinding teeth)
  • Headaches and migraines

Take the first steps to treat these issues in only few minutes!

The laser frenectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. This technology allows us to provide a quick treatment, usually with minimal to no bleeding, and little to no discomfort.

Tongue-tie can also sometimes cause problems for a breastfeeding mother

Problems can include:

  • Sore or cracked nipples

  • Low milk supply

  • Mastitis (inflammation of the breast), which may keep coming back


Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry
Based on 114 reviews
powered by Google
Donna BoydDonna Boyd
22:44 30 Sep 22
My husband took our two year old daughter to Upbeat Dentistry and said very positive things about the experience. Everybody was professional and welcoming and my daughter had a great first visit with the dentist. They have an office dog that is very friendly and puts the children at ease. The office is very clean and modern.
Fernanda CuryFernanda Cury
22:52 01 Jul 22
The best pediatric practice by far! The office is impeccably clean throughout and the waiting room has a little nook to keep the kids entertained with tablets, books and toys. Dr. Freitas and her staff are incredibly patient, knowledgeable and super gentle with the little ones. The highlight of the visit for my boys was getting to pet Maggie, the resident golden retriever and I loved not having to wait 4 months for an appointment. So happy we found Dr. Freitas!
Erika ReyesErika Reyes
14:36 09 Jun 22
This place is magical. Very clean, super adorable decor, smelled great. The staff was really nice and the dentist was wonderful with my boys, even speaking to them in Spanish and being very patient. Highly recommend!
Carla GianniniCarla Giannini
21:10 01 Jun 22
A lot of people know about my 6-year-old son's difficult history with visits to the dentist… the days of fighting, crying, 5 people on top of him to get a tooth filled. Going to the dentist's office was becoming a nightmare. In the previous dentist office they could not perform the treatment properly, so it was suggested that my son undergo the treatment under intravenous sedation and this was making me very anxious. That's when we started to attend Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry, with Dr Vanessa Freitas, and everything changed... Little by little, one gained the other's trust and today the miracle happened: we did the treatment of my son's free will!!! With a lot of professionalism and trust, everything flowed as we always expected. Dr Freitas is an experienced, loving and patient professional. We have no words to thank you for such dedication. And he says: Dr Vanessa is the best! We love you Dr Freitas!!