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My daughter recently got her braces. I see her constantly “patrolling” the braces with her tongue.

Submitted by admin on October 6, 2010

My daughter recently got her braces. I see her constantly “patrolling” the braces with her tongue. Can this damage the braces, or perhaps loosen the elastic bands that are on the wire? Is there any way to stop this?

I wouldn’t worry, I’m sure like all children, your daughter is vey curious, and as she has only recently had her braces fitted, it will feel a little strange in the mouth initally. It often takes around 3-5 days to get used to the fixed braces. The wires on the brace nor the elastic bands will be damaged by your daughter running her tongue along them. The ways in which fixed braces can be damaged are by eating hard chewy foods, or habits like fingernail biting or pen chewing. Within a week, your daughter will have forgetten that she is wearing braces and something new will take her interest!

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