Browning Family Dentistry
A Great Dentist


Providing exceptional dentistry to the families in our Waynesboro, VA community is important to us. At Browning Family Dentistry, it is our mission to provide great value, outstanding care, and gentle treatment for each of our patients.


"Building long-term relationships between our patients and staff is an important part of providing the best dental care available. We offer high-quality dental services that your entire family can appreciate and afford – all in a happy environment." – Dr. Steve Browning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tongue and Lip Tie Services

How can we help you?

Dentistry technology changes fast, and you may have questions about the types of treatment that will work best for you. Some of our most common questions are listed here. If you don’t see yours, give us a call or contact us via the handy form on our contact page.

Tongue and Lip Tie Services

To start, Dr. Browning will perform an examination and consultation at no charge. He will discuss the symptoms that you or your baby are having, and then will diagnose any ties that may be present. Lastly, he will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure to ensure that you are well informed. If the exam is on an infant, we will work with a breastfeeding professional to ensure that an insufficient latch is the source of the symptoms. Once we determine that a revision is the best treatment to ensure a successful outcome, the procedure is scheduled and completed.

  • Increased risk of cavities
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Speech impairment
  • Gaps between teeth where the tie is attached
  • Breastfeeding problems in infants
  • Possibly contribute to snoring or sleep apnea (Research is still underway)

A tongue or lip tie is the laymen term for abnormally attached frenum. It is simply a remnant of tissue that usually recedes during fetal development; however in about 5% of the population it is retained. If this tissue remains abnormally attached, it can restrict mobility of the tongue or lips.This lack of mobility can negatively impact normal function of the mouth.


Dr. Browning will perform the revision with an FDA approved soft tissue diode laser in office. Safety of the patient and staff are of the utmost importance, so all necessary safety measures are taken to ensure a successful outcome. Local anesthetic is generally used on patients 18 months and older, and the length of the procedure takes anywhere from 20 seconds to 2 minutes per tie. If the patient is currently breastfeeding, then we encourage mom to nurse immediately after the procedure is completed. Before we end, Dr. Browning will review a set of exercises to perform to reduce the risk of reattachment of the ties.

Dr. Browning cares deeply about ensuring that his patients are very well informed. Here are a few scientific articles involving tongue and lip ties if you are interested in learning more:

  • 2013 Journal of Human Lactation article:
  • supports-treating- tongue-tie- for-breastfeeding-problems

Traditionally, tongue and lip ties have been addressed by cutting with a scissor, or scalpel. Utilizing a laser to revise lip and tongue ties reduces some of the risks involved during the procedure when compared to more traditional techniques. As an added benefit, a laser usually shortens the time it takes for the areas to heal. There is little to no bleeding involved due to the cauterizing action of the laser, and the risk of infection is reduced dramatically. While using a laser, the risk of an inadvertent cut or damage to surrounding tissue is minimized due to extremely precise control and the lack of a cutting edge.

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