Most people want the perfect smile, you know, straight teeth, no cavities, and a smile that is so white it could blind someone. It really isn’t that difficult to have a great smile, all you need to do is practice good oral hygiene.
However, there are people who want to be a little less “mainstream” with their smile and take dentistry to the extreme. Here is a list of five weird, and sometimes freaky dental procedures that have some major health risks.
Widening An Existing Gap
The show “America’s Next Top Model” has always been known for its extreme makeovers and the contestants’ extreme reactions.Tyra Banks went a little overboard during cycle 15 of the show when she asked for the gap in a model’s mouth to be widened. Of course the model agreed to the procedure to please Tyra Banks.
While I’m all for natural gaps, widening an existing gap could lead to serious dental problems and disrupt proper jaw growth.
Ever since the movie Twilight, a vampire craze has erupted, prompting some people to reshape their teeth to look like fangs. Reshaping your teeth can have some serious risks. Removing too much of a tooth’s enamel can make it extra sensitive to hot and cold. It can also leave it vulnerable to breakage.
Dentists have strongly cautioned people not to reshape their teeth. Filing teeth weakens the tooth structure and if the person suddenly decides they don’t want fangs anymore, restoring teeth to their natural shape is very expensive.
Usually, this procedure is performed to treat gum disease or to expose more surface area of a problematic tooth. In recent years, this procedure has grown in popularity for cosmetic purposes.
Crown lengthening involves removing part of the gum, therefor making the teeth look visibly longer. It may be appealing to people who have “gummy” smiles but it is still considered surgery which means it comes with risks. Besides being a pricey procedure, crown lengthening can cause your gums to swell, bleed, and get infected.
If you’re considering crown lengthening for cosmetic purposes, I advise you to think about it before going under the knife.
Replacing Teeth With Diamonds
The “twitterverse” stirred when Kanye West posted a picture of himself with his bottom teeth replaced with diamonds. If you can afford them, why not? Well, according to some dentists, diamond teeth could cause some serious dental problems. If the fixture is permanent, you are going to have some issues with things such as dental hygiene. You can also say goodbye to foods that are harder to chew. These diamond teeth can cause problems with your jaw because the weight of a diamond is greater than the weight of a tooth. It can also damage your upper teeth over time.
For those who can’t quite afford diamond teeth, there is now removable bling, or what some people call “grills”. Apparently, some dentists have applied removable jewels to teeth with FDA-approved glue. These removable jewels haven’t been shown to have major health risks but they can get food stuck in them, allowing bacteria to accumulate. They could also cause irritation or allergic reactions.
It’s safe to say that some people are willing to go to extremes to get what they want. If you want a perfect smile, I advise starting out with brushing and flossing twice a day and scheduling regular visits to your dentist.
Trisha Banks is a blogger for Lakeway Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Lakeway, Texas. Trisha was curious about weird dental procedures that people get.
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