A frenum is a band of tissue that connects or holds down a part of the body such as the tongue, lip, or cheeks. When a frenum is positioned in such a way as to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth or to constrict the movement of the tongue or lips, it can be excised with a very simple laser surgery called a frenectomy. This is a simple procedure mostly for children and generally takes less than fifteen minutes.
Many parents ask us the recommended age for a Frenectomy. This varies greatly depending on the reasons why the Frenectomy is needed. It is good practice for a child to get a frenectomy only after the permanent canines have come in and after closing the gap between the front two teeth.