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Be very very careful - tongue-piercing jewelry may contribute to breakage of braces and possibly cause tooth and gum damage from contact with the stud.

Teeth can only move approximately 1mm per month. Quick-fix veneers only temporarily cover crooked teeth. Teeth straightened by an orthodontist are normally good for life.

In some cases, brackets may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces).


Yes. Importantly, clean, healthy teeth move more quickly. Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy foods, or hard objects, such as pens, pencils or fingernails. Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment.