Tongue Piercing Causes Gaps In Teeth

Friday, August 27th, 2010, 10:35 am

There are lots of reasons not to get your tongue pierced including chipped teeth and infections.  A recent case study outlined another reason parent’s might want to put their foot down when it comes to tongue piercing – the need for  braces!

This case study involved a young lady who complained that a large gap had opened up between her two front teeth.  She had a tongue piercing and admitted that she liked to “play” with the tongue stud by pressing it against her teeth.  Well, just like having braces – when you put constant pressure against a tooth it will move and that is just what this young lady had done.  Over a period of time she had pushed her front teeth apart using the tongue stud.  Treatment involved braces to move the teeth back into position.

Tongue piercing can result in serious injury not just to teeth but has also been associated with hemorrhage, infection, chipped and fractured teeth, trauma to the gums and, in the worst cases, brain abscess.  According to Dr. Sawsan Tabba of the University of Buffalo who reported this case study, “The best way to protect your health, your teeth and your money is to avoid tongue piercing.”

No matter the reason for the gap between your teeth you may not need to resort to old fashioned metal braces.  Closing that gap can be accomplished by using the Invisalign system.  Invisalign is a series of clear trays that are worn over your teeth.  The trays are removed for eating and brushing.  As the teeth move, new trays are utilized until your smile is perfect once more!  Since the trays are perfectly clear no one can tell that you are straightening your teeth.

If you would like to learn more about orthodontics or Invisalign please contact my office at 706-886-9439.

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