Ages 12 - 18

Airway management

  • Tongue-tie evaluation: Ankylosis
  • Obstruction or normal nasal breathing
  • Abnormal tongue position

Gentle orthopedic expansion off narrow dental arches

Functional orthopedic appliances for skeletal deficiencies and excesses

Braces: metal, ceramic, and Damon system

Invisalign or SPARK teen clear aligners

Prevention regarding TMJ and cervical spine disorders related to the presence
of a malocclusion

Most of the facial growth completed

Non-extraction orthodontic treatment

Ankyloglossia – what is it?

Ankyloglossia is a medical term for tongue-tie. The tongue is made up of a very complex group of muscles that are important for all oral functions. When the small fold of tissue that extends from the floor of your mouth to the bottom of your tongue is too thick or too short, this abnormality can cause many issues, affecting many daily activities and interfering with normal development both structurally and emotionally.

Not all tongue ties cause functional problems, but may interfere with normal dento-skeletal facial development. Procedures to correct the condition are only necessary if dental and facial skeletal development are leading to the development of a malocclusion or bad bite that will lead to oral functional problems. If you suspect a tongue tie, it is important to see a well versed expert like Dr. Dierkes or an oral myofunctional therapist (OMT).

A Holistic Approach to Orthodontics

Call us at (678)352-0919

Dr. J. Michael Dierkes, DDS, MS, NMD is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. His services have improved the lives of people from Roswell and the surrounding areas, including residents of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the radiant, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation!