Smiles That Make a Splash: Welcome to Oceans Tongue Tie Center

Specialized Care for Tethered Oral Tissues in Infants and Children

Welcome to The Oceans Tongue Tie Center, where we specialize in providing expert care for infants and children with tethered oral tissues. Our dedicated team of pediatric dental professionals are committed to ensuring your child’s optimal oral health and overall well-being.

Approximately 1 in 4 children are born with some degree of frenulum restriction, also known as a tongue tie or lip tie, or even buccal ties. ​

Meaning: their tongue and/or lips or cheeks are attached to the mouth with excessive connective tissue webbing.​

Is your child experiencing challenges with feeding, speaking, or breathing? Here is a list of common issues that patients may experience with tethered oral tissues.

Feeding in Infants:

  • Milk dribbling out of mouth
  • Poor supply
  • Painful/shallow latch, falling off nipple
  • Gagging/choking
  • Falling asleep in the middle of a feed
  • Hiccups often
  • Lip curls under when feeding
  • Lip blisters
  • Colic symptoms
  • Gassy
  • Noisy breathing
  • Restless, short sleep or not sleeping well
  • Baby always seems hungry/not full
  • Reflux/spitting up
  • Unable to hold a pacifier
  • Clicking/smacking noise
  • Required use of nipple shield
  • Baby is frustrated at breast/bottle
  • Significant weight loss

Feeding in Children/Adults:

  • Slow eater
  • Grazes on food
  • Packs food in cheeks
  • Picky with textures
  • Choking/gagging on food
  • Spits out food

Airway:

  • Open mouth breathing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Snoring
  • Dry, chapped lips

Speech:

  • Frustration with communication
  • Difficulty to understand by others
  • Difficulty speaking/getting words out
  • Trouble with specific sounds
  • Stuttering, mumbling, speech delay

Sleep:

  • Sleeps in strange positions
  • Moves around a lot at night
  • Wakes easily/often
  • Gasps for air/sleep apnea
  • Wakes feeling tired
  • Grinds teeth while sleeping
  • Snoring

Other related issues:

  • Challenging to brush front teeth
  • Front teeth cavities
  • Space between front teeth
  • Neck/shoulder pain or tension
  • TMJ/clicking/popping
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Constipation
  • Hyperactivity/inattention
  • Ear tubes/tonsils/adenoid treatment

Precision Treatment for Brighter Smiles!

Using cutting-edge techniques, we tailor each treatment to unlock your child’s optimal oral function. From gentle releases to personalized care plans, our commitment is to ensure every child experiences a comfortable and effective treatment process, paving the way for brighter smiles and a lifetime of oral well-being.

The tissue is released using a minimally invasive procedure with a CO2 laser. By using the laser, the procedure is quick and results in minimal bleeding. Stitches are not needed, and the patient can resume eating and drinking immediately after. For the little ones, a topical anesthesia is placed in the area prior to treatment. On older children, treatment can be completed under N2O (laughing gas) to ease any nerves and is typically done with a small amount of local anesthesia.

After the procedure, children show improved:

Eating

Discover joyful mealtimes. Our treatments address feeding challenges, ensuring your child can comfortably and efficiently breastfeed or bottle-feed, fostering a positive feeding experience.

Speaking

Empower your child’s voice. Our precise treatments enhance speech development, improving articulation and pronunciation to boost your child’s confidence in self-expression.

Breathing

Breathe freely, thrive effortlessly. Our expert care addresses tethered oral tissues, promoting optimal breathing function and supporting your child’s overall respiratory well-being.

Meet Dr. Aimee Leibowitz, DDS

Dr. Aimee Leibowitz grew up on Long Island. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Binghamton University, New York. After college, she went on to obtain her doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, where she met Dr. Frank. She completed a postdoctoral residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at Boston University. Dr. Aimee is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

She is an active member of the New Jersey Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association.

Dr. Aimee has wanted to work with kids for as long as she can remember. She loves what she gets to do each and everyday. Raised in a home of educators, her father a math teacher and mother a speech pathologist, she views one of her roles as educating families on healthy lifestyles. Dr. Aimee is also fluent in Spanish.

Tongue Tie Credentials:

LightScalpel Laser Provider
Tongue Tied Academy: Online Course
Tongue Tied Academy: Advanced Live Patient Course
Fellow of American Laser Study Club

Incredibly thankful to have been referred to this fairytale aquatic playground DBA a dental office and Dr. Aimee is definitely the Queen of her castle. Dr. Aimee has been incredible to work with – even before we decided to move forward in the tongue tie release she performed on my son. She answered a ton of questions, she called us, texted us. We were never made to feel a burden. She has remained incredibly accessible to us throughout the recovery process – calls, texts, picture exchanges. She has immeasurably helped our family get through a tough tribulation and we highly, highly, highly recommend! Thank you so much, Dr. Aimee!

Melissa Gundersen

Dr. Aimee is awesome. She took care of my son’s lip and tongue tie revisions and was thorough, calming, and knowledgeable. She is a mom herself and her openness with her own experience put me at ease. She is gentle and kind and I highly reccomend taking your child to see her if they are struggling with latch, feeding, reflux issues that could be a result of ties. Her office staff is also wonderful, including her assistant Stephanie and their front desk. Very friendly and professional.

Leigh Anne Gallagher

We went to see Dr. Aimee when my son was 2 months old. He was having horrible reflux, colicky, and trouble latching and eating. Within a few minutes of checking him out she identified a lip and tongue tie. We returned the following week and had it corrected. The procedure was very quick and Dr. Aimee called us that night to check in. We sent her photos to make sure he was healing properly and she continued to check in. Within a few days we saw the inconsolable crying stop. He immediately starting latching better and eating more. Within a month he was a totally different baby. It was the best decision we could’ve made for our sweet baby!

Monica Miranda

We at Oceans Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry aim to be exceptionally caring while providing exceptional care. The Oceans Team  always provides the best dental care with a genuine smile. We elevate the lives and smiles of each and every person with whom we come in contact.

Location


522 E Broad St.
Westfield, NJ 07090
[email protected]
908-654-4949

Mon: 8:30am - 6pm
Tues: 9am - 6pm
Wed: 8am - 6pm
Thur: 8:30am - 6pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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