There are barbeque grills. Automobile grills. Bar and grills. And then there are dental grills. Popular. Trendy. Shiny. It's easy to see why you'd want to upgrade your smile with a few more carrots, er carats. The American Dental Association (ADA) actually says no studies have shown grills as harmful. But they also haven't found any studies that have proven them to be safe either. So if you're considering adding a bejeweled accessory to your mouth, get all the facts first to make sure this bling is for you.
Dental Grill: The New Trend Affecting Dentistry And The Health Of Your Teeth
Sometimes referred to as fronts or "grillz" as they're widely shared, dental grills came onto the popular culture scene thanks to hip hop artists and famous athletes donning them out in public and social media. Often removable, grills are:
- Made from gold or silver
- Encrusted with jewels
- Fitted over a single tooth or snap over multiple teeth
- Sometimes mistaken for crowns that resemble grills.
- Usually constructed by your dentist.
- Found online or at jewelers as a more affordable DIY option
If you're serious about getting fit for teeth grills, see your dentists for their expertise.
There are a variety of risks that you take on should decide to get teeth grills.
- Food, debris, and bacteria: They can all be tightly packed and trapped between your teeth and grill, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Glue: Any glue adhesive containing certain chemicals needed to attach a grill to your teeth could cause harm to your teeth and gums
- Abrasion: Grills could easily scrape away the enamel needed to keep your teeth healthy
- Allergies: You may be allergic to the metal and other materials that make up your grill
- Chewing and speaking: A large grill in the wrong position could negatively affect your chewing and speaking.
You can take a few steps to make sure your grills and mouth are both clean and healthy.
- Remove your grill before eating and cleaning your teeth.
- Along with thorough brushing, floss daily to help remove trapped food and plaque.
- Clean your grill daily to rid it of bacteria and debris
- Wear your grill sparingly as needed
- Follow the advice your dentist has on your grill materials, allergic reactions, and cost.
They say, 'trends come and go, but style is forever.' So is your beautiful smile. Make sure, with your dentist's blessing, that you're confident a dental grill is right for you and your smile.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.