Teaching Tongue To Spot To A Client Wearing A Retainer

Q: Is it acceptable to teach a client about tongue to spot even if he’s wearing a retainer he can take out? I sent him home to do TTS exercises without wearing his retainer, but if he wears a retainer most of the day will that have a negative effect?

A:  I’m not sure if we brought this up in class or not, but we usually do. That is a superb question. You are to analyze the best placement on the spot or near the back of the spot for that particular child. And you ask the orthodontist to mark that location on the appliance either with a slight indentation, a bump or a tiny little hole right where the tongue should be.
Good thinking.



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