At Smiles In Motion we want to help moms and babies have enjoyable nursing and feeding sessions. If a tongue and /or a lip tie is preventing comfortable and efficient feedings, releasing one or both with a soft tissue laser may be very beneficial. We encourage and appreciate a multidisciplinary approach to enrich your nursing and feeding experience. We encourage mothers to work with one or more professionals who may have extended knowledge and experience with infants, infant feeding, and tongue and lip ties as they seek answers to their nursing and feeding questions.
Dr. Amanda Spitz
I was blessed to be able to breastfeed both of my daughters and realize how important it is for many mothers to be able to breastfeed comfortably. I began offering the service of infant frenum release to help mothers have a more normal breastfeeding experience when a tongue and/or lip tie was inhibiting this. I began using a dental laser in 2006 for various soft tissue procedures including frenectomies. In 2012 I began attending multiple courses and many lectures specifically on the topic of infant frenectomies which included: appropriate diagnosis of lip and tongue tie, their potential impact on comfortable and adequate breast and bottle feeding and hands on training on how to adequately perform infant frenectomies. I then obtained my certificate of standard proficiency through the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2014.
I love being a resource to parents and their babies on this topic. It is rewarding to help in their effort to make feeding a great experience. I enjoy working closely with other professional disciples who are working with moms and babies before and after frenectomy release to help facilitate positive breastfeeding experiences.
Dr. Erin Winn
My family members have always been unsuccessful with breastfeeding and I was determined to change this and become the first success story. When my daughter was born, I had extreme pain and difficulties with our feedings. At 5 days old she had both her tongue and lip tie released with a soft tissue laser. I truly feel this procedure is one of the reasons her and I were able to successfully breastfeed.
I started performing infant, child and adolescent frenectomies with a soft tissue laser in 2013 after attending multiple courses and lectures, more specifically on the topic of infant frenectomies which included: appropriate diagnosis of lip and tongue tie, their potential impact on comfortable and adequate breastfeeding, and hands-on training on how to perform them. I then obtained my certificate of standard proficiency through the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2014. I continue to further my education in this field and love being able to learn from and work closely with other professionals that aid in the breastfeeding experience.
I feel honored to offer personal insight to the experience for the many families I serve. Being a part of someone’s success story to improve babies feeding experience is what drives me to continue to help, learn, and be a support system for our families.
Dr. Madeline Goettl
I started working with Dr. Winn and Dr. Spitz in 2015 and it was at that point I was introduced to the benefits of frenectomies with a soft tissue laser. Watching infants and their mothers being able to successfully breastfeed is one of the most rewarding procedures I do as a Pediatric Dentist. I do believe successfully performing infant frenectomies truly requires a multi-disciplinary approach.
I started my education with lasers by becoming a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2016. I have attended the Academy of Laser Dentistry Annual Session in 2017 and 2019 where I was provided with a wealth of information on lasers and frenectomies. I have attended multiple lectures on the topic as well as hands-on courses to further my knowledge. I obtained my certificate of Standard Proficiency through the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2019 and since then have been performing frenectomies. I strive to further my education in this field to be a resource for mothers as well as other professionals.
I look forward to continuing to help mothers and infants find success with breastfeeding.
Resources and information, we have found helpful:
Book: Kotlow L. (2017). SOS 4 TOTS-Tethered Oral Tissues. Troy Book Maters.
Book: Giovanni O, Margolis FS, Genovese MD (2011). Pediatric laser Dentistry-A user’s Guide. Quintessence publishing co Inc.
Book: Baxter, R. (2018). Tongue Tied. Alabama Tongue-Tie Center.