Check out a few of these once-popular dental trends that astound, impress, and horrify us today.
At one time, black teeth (ohaguro) were considered a mark of beauty in Japan. This was especially so when they contrasted with the white makeup of a geisha. The practice was believed to have strengthened teeth.
This archaeological find isn’t so much bizarre as it is innovative. The early Egyptians apparently had a technique for bracing false teeth over a gap in the gums using gold or silver wire.
What isn’t entirely know is whether this extensive bridgework (which looks like it could have been painful) was performed on living patients or dead ones. It’s possible they only placed a dental bridge on a dead body to make it look good in preparation for burial.
Mayan Tooth Bling
The Mayans had some pretty advanced cosmetic dentistry. Mixing a resin with crushed bone, they would bind gems to carefully carved holes in teeth. They’d get creative with all kinds of precious stones and metals.
Analyzing those teeth today reveals that the Mayans knew a thing or two about tooth anatomy – their restorations usually stayed well away from the nerve inside of the tooth.
Teeth have been sharpened in countries all over Africa, South America, South East Asia, and the South Pacific. Cultural reasons for doing so include:
Thankfully, today’s cosmetic dental procedures are far safer, kinder to teeth, and more hygienic. There is plenty of room for self-expression within the bounds of safe cosmetic dentistry. Ask your dentist about treatment options for whitening, straightening, and otherwise enhancing your teeth to fit the modern ideal of health.
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Precision Digital Dentistry
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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