Ages 12 - 18
- 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).
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!