The Dangers of Certain Dental Trends

JewelOnTeethAre you a born trendsetter? Do you take great pride in figuring out ways to express yourself with fashion statements? Some physical manifestations of fashion can even involve teeth. One example would be someone having their teeth reshaped to appear outrageously different. Some dentists have even fielded requests to contour canine teeth into true vampire fangs. This type of procedure is permanent, however, so filing teeth is likely to damage your enamel and weaken your smile’s natural structure. Oral health fads might not be the wisest choices if you want a healthy smile for many years to come.

Bejeweling Teeth surfaces

Temporary jewels bonded to teeth with adhesive may sound simple and harmless enough. Why not grin a bit flashier now and again? If you are quite certain that your jewels are being adhered with FDA-approved dental glue placed by a trusted dental professional who offers good removal instructions, you may make it through temporarily bejeweling your smile without long term damage. Do-it-yourself kits are out there, however, but they are never a good idea. Sticking any foreign object or ornament to your tooth can result in enamel damage.Tooth ornaments can also harbor food debris, bacteria, and saliva, leading to plaque and tartar buildup which could create acid erosion underneath the jewel. 

Diamonds Aren’t a Tooth’s Best Friend

Imagine being able to afford replacing your teeth with real diamonds. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but some celebrities seem to have so much expendable income, they have given this a try. Recording artist (and tabloid favorite) Kanye West is a perfect example of the diamond tooth trend. Mr. West once posted a picture of himself on Twitter where his bottom teeth had been completely replaced by tooth-shaped diamonds. Even though diamonds are technically harder than your tooth enamel, they are not viable as a mainstream tooth replacement material because of their heavy weight. Porcelain remains a better option.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.