From Madonna to Lil Wayne, many celebrities are showing off their mouth jewelry. What are grills? This jewelry is made up of gold, silver, and/or diamonds and is worn like a retainer. Grills became famous in the early 2000’s, but it doesn’t seem like the trend is dying down anytime soon. So, if you plan on getting one, here are some dental safety tips to go along with it.
Are Grills Safe for Teeth?
Although there really isn’t any evidence that having grills is harmful, there are cases of improper use that can result in a number of issues with your oral health and dental hygiene. It’s important to educate yourself about your teeth and understand the appropriate precautions and dental safety strategies.
How to wear a grill properly
It should go without saying that grills aren’t like a clothing item you can experiment around with. You need to wear them the way they are intended.
There have been cases of people using glue to cement grills to their teeth. Using glue on your teeth can absolutely destroy your enamel and severely damage your gums. Glue isn’t like the cement that dentists use when attaching braces and should not act as such. Only a dentist has access to approved cementing agents. No exceptions.
Much like a retainer, grills should be taken out when eating to protect your oral health. Leaving them in while eating can work double on breaking down your teeth. Grills will trap food for long periods of time that will eat away at your teeth. Leaving them in can also irritate your gums. If your gums get damaged and swell, they can swell over the grills themselves, making it very painful to remove them.
Another element that goes without saying is dental hygiene. Having gold teeth can trap food and bacteria, so daily brushing and flossing is vital. Take them out when doing so; otherwise, it won’t do any good. Make sure to floss thoroughly.
When not to wear grills
Grills themselves may not pose a threat to the average wearer, but there are some things to consider. For example, you may have some pre-existing issues that will render wearing grills harmful.
Do not wear a grill if you have any of the following conditions:
- Weak or worn-down tooth enamel
- Allergies to metal, gold, silver, etc.
- Swollen gums
- Veneers or other dental implants
It’s important to ask your dentist before considering grills. They will allow you more information and professional warnings regarding grills or other mouth accessories. To get properly fitted for grills, make an appointment with your dentist anyway. Use that opportunity to educate yourself about what to do and what not to do when getting gold teeth.
Stylish Teeth the Natural Way
Getting your teeth cleaned regularly is the only surefire way to get your teeth shining. If your teeth are too weak or unfit for any sort of mouth jewelry, make an appointment with your dentist or read about all the awesome ways they can reshape your mouth. It’s more important to beautify the pearls before adding gold to them, so call us today!
Balle & Associates is staffed by the most skilled and experienced general dentists in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Peter Balle and Dr. Tate Guild use a personalized approach to get to know patients and offer them services specific to their needs.