Oral Piercings

If you are considering orthodontic treatment and either have or are thinking of getting oral piercings, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. You may want to ask some questions before making your decision.

What is an oral piercing?

An oral piercing is a cosmetic piercing in the mouth area, which can involve the lips, cheeks, and tongue.

I am thinking about getting an oral piercing. What do I need to know?

If you are about to begin fixed brace treatment, it is best to delay or avoid getting a piercing. If you are considering a piercing, ensure you go to a reputable provider. Oral piercings should only be performed on individuals over 16 years old unless parental consent is provided.

Can I have x-rays taken with my oral piercing in place?

You will be asked to remove any piercings before having an x-ray of your teeth or face. If not removed, the piercing can appear on the x-ray and obstruct a clear view of the teeth.

Can I still have orthodontic treatment with my oral piercings?

This will depend on your dentist. We recommend that oral piercings be removed before orthodontic treatment, as they can make it more difficult to keep your mouth and fixed brace clean.

Can an oral piercing damage my teeth?

Yes, it can cause chipping of the tips of the front teeth, potentially necessitating dental treatment to repair the damage.

Can an oral piercing damage my brace?

Yes, oral piercings can become entangled with your brace, causing damage or breakages. Repeated breakages can slow treatment progress and may require early removal of the brace.

What problems can an oral piercings cause in my mouth?

  • Infections, blood poisoning, sepsis
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Pain and swelling
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Tooth wear and sensitivity
  • Gum injuries such as recession or overgrowth * Gum disease
  • Effects on eating and speaking
  • Allergic reactions
  • Difficulty cleaning, resulting in tartar build-up
  • Accidental swallowing or inhalation

Will having an oral piercings affect my retainers?

Oral piercings can prevent your retainers from fitting properly. Wearing retainers as instructed by your dentist is crucial to ensure your teeth remain straight after your brace is removed. If you have a fixed (bonded wire) retainer, the piercing can damage or break it, causing your teeth to move and become crooked again. Further Smilepoint Dental treatment would not be available if your teeth move due to your oral piercing.

How do I care for my piercing during my orthodontic treatment?

  • Remove piercings where possible.
  • Brush regularly around the piercing to keep it clean.
  • Always wash your hands before handling the piercing.
  • Avoid fiddling with it!
  • Remove it while playing sports.
  • Plastic piercings are less likely to damage teeth.
  • If you are immunocompromised, oral piercings are strongly discouraged.
  • Seek medical advice if you suspect the piercing may be infected.

Things to remember

  • Remove oral piercings before starting orthodontic treatment.
  • Oral piercings may extend the overall time you wear fixed braces.
  • Avoid “playing” with the mouth piercing between your teeth.
  • If your oral piercing interferes with your retainers, your teeth may shift – further treatment would not be available to correct this.
  • Use an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Book an appointment via WhatsApp

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