Another benefit of getting tongue tie release as an infant or young child is that it can help influence the development of your dental arch. Genes control when your dental arch goes through periods of growth, but how much your arch actually grows is dependent on the intersection of different forces during your development.
When you chew, the forces of your jaw muscles, your cheeks, and your tongue develop a balance to determine how much your jaw grows. In this process, your tongue plays the vital role of pushing outward. Eating food that is hard to chew helps stimulate the growth of your jaw, and the pressure from your tongue ensures that the arch expands during chewing. If your tongue is tied and has restricted motion, your jaw won’t grow as much.
If your jaw doesn’t grow as much, there won’t be enough room for your teeth in your dental arches. With less room for your teeth, they will come in crooked and crowded.
Crooked and crowded teeth aren’t just a cosmetic problem. They are a challenge to clean by brushing and flossing. If you can’t clean your teeth properly, you are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease.
Children who get tongue tie release and have other targeted interventions from a Lee’s Summit dentist during jaw development might be able to avoid crooked teeth and the need for braces later in life. This can also help them avoid cavities.