Tongue piercings are becoming more common, but they can cause damage to adjacent teeth and gums. Dentists in Buffalo, NY, report a case of a young woman who developed a large gap between her upper front teeth seven years after having the tip of her tongue pierced — apparently the result of the metal stud being constantly pushed against her teeth. The patient required orthodontic work with a fixed brace for an extensive period of time to close the gap.
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