What is Tongue tie and Lip tie?

Tongue tie is a tight attachment of the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth resulting in limited tongue mobility.  Lip tie is a tight attachment of the upper lip to the upper gum tissue which interferes with the lips ability to adequately flange upward during an infants latch. Infants can be born with a combination of these conditions which can impact breastfeeding.  

Helpful Videos/Articles/Websites for Information

Tongue and Lip Ties: Root Causes or Red Herrings?

Dr. Lawrence Kotlow shows how to examine for a posterior tongue tie

Videos of procedures conducted by Dr Lawrence Kotlow – Paediatric dentist

What-to-expect-after-tongue-tie-and-lip-tie-release

Specialized Services for Tongue Tie Assessment and Treatment

We encourage all mothers to speak with their primary health care provider before seeking treatment outside of the area.

These services are for mothers with complicated breastfeeding issues including extensive tongue-tie/lip tie assessment and treatment.

Breastfeeding Niagara does not endorse these practices, they are listed here as it has been brought to our attention that they provide skilled services that may benefit breastfeeding mothers.

Please email [email protected] if you are a healthcare provider that would like your name/practice added to the list below.

Brampton Doctors Breastfeeding Clinic – Brampton
www.drbfc.net
  • no referral required but if referral from BFC sent then only 1 visit required as usually 2 visits required by client- one to see LC then another to see MD.
  • Will address complicated breastfeeding issues as well as identify and release all levels of tongue ties, do not treat lip ties
Cambridge Pediatric and Breastfeeding Clinic – Cambridge
www.health-local.com/biz/medical-clinics/cambridge/ontario/cambridge-pediatric-and-breastfeeding-clinic
  • no referral required but if referral from BFC sent then only 1 visit required as usually 2 visits required by client- one to see LC then another to see MD.
  • Will address complicated breastfeeding issues as well

Fee for Service Practices

Appleby Dental – Burlington
www.applebydental.ca
  • may be covered by private dental coverage
  • referral from MD, midwife or lactation consultant required 
  • laser and traditional release of all levels of tongue and lip tie
Century Stone Dental – Hamilton
www.centurystonedental.com
  • may be covered by private dental coverage
  • laser release of tongue and lip tie
Dr. Jack Newman’s International Breastfeeding Center – Toronto
www.ibconline.ca
  • referral from MD or midwife required
  • Will address complicated breastfeeding issues as well as identify and clip all levels of tongue ties and lip ties
  • fee structure available on website
Milltown Dental – Milton
www.milltowndental.ca
  • may be covered by private dental coverage
  • referral not required
  • laser release of all levels of tongue and lip tie 
Dr. Sara Chirico Family Dentistry – Niagara Falls
www.chiricodentistry.com
  • may be covered by private dental coverage
  • referral preferred but not required from Physician, midwife or lactation specialist.
  • traditional release of all levels 
Woodbridge Kids Dentistry – Woodbridge
www.woodbridgekids.com
  • may be covered by private dental coverage
  • referral not required
  • laser release of all levels of tongue and lip tie