I’m getting married. I wanted to get porcelain veneers so I’d have a pretty smile. But, the cosmetic dentist I went to said he’d only do it if I got rid of my tongue ring. My tongue ring is part of who I am. Why do I have to get rid of it?
Tabitha – Brooklyn
Great question. After all, no one wants to change who they are for a makeover. They want it to express their personality. I can tell you the likely reason this dentist doesn’t want you to wear it, though. Tongue rings do a real number on your teeth. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve got some chipped teeth right now.
Another common problem for teeth with tongue rings is knocking your bite out of alignment, which can lead to TMJ Disorder. Many people who wear them subconsciously suck on them, which will push some of your teeth out of whack.
However, if getting porcelain veneers means that much to you, you’ll certainly be able to find more than one dentist willing. Just be certain you’re willing to spend that much money on something that is likely to be damaged.
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