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Jan
30

4 Dangerous Dental Trends to Avoid

Some cosmetic enhancements might seem outlandish, but make a powerful statement for certain individuals.

Whether you’re searching for an extravagant new look or are just curious about what your options are, here are four actual oral cosmetic dental procedures you should think twice about.

  1. Tooth Sharpening

Reshaping teeth for cultural purposes is still common practice in some parts of the world. Teeth sharpening does tend to weaken teeth, however, making them prone to cavities and nerve problems.

If you’ve got your heart set on reshaping your teeth, dentists recommend having your teeth professionally adjusted and covered with a crown or bonding to give you the desired look.

  1. Diamond Inlays

Only the likes of very wealthy celebrities can afford having diamonds placed into their teeth. Not only is this procedure an expensive one, but it’s also a risky one. Inlaying a diamond compromises the smooth and durable surface of the enamel.

  1. Oral Piercings

An oral piercing can be a discreet way to express your artistic side. You just have to watch out for a few problems common to them:

  • Gum recession
  • Infection
  • Chipped teeth
  1. Beer Bottle Opener Implants

In a famous Argentine publicity stunt, some rugby players received dental implants topped with beer bottle openers.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a dentist today who would do this for you!

Natural teeth can take a little pressure because they have a shock-absorber surrounding them. Implants are directly integrated with bone, so your jaw would take a lot more stress if you used an implant to open bottle caps. This stress could cause your implant to move through the soft bone and lose its connection.

Talk with your dentist about your smile goals before planning a creative cosmetic alteration.

Posted on behalf of:
Seneca Family Dentistry
2860 Seneca St Suite C
Wichita, KS 67217
(316) 633-4048

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