It seems like every day there’s a new celebrity sporting a diamond in their teeth or a decorative gold grill. While it might seem like a new fad amongst the high-fashion elite or those searching for Instagram stardom, cosmetic dental adornments are anything but. In fact, enhancing teeth with precious gems, metals and more has a long history — and one we’d be wise to learn from when it comes to the risks and downsides of having a blinged-out smile. (more…)
Charcoal toothpaste is all the rage for people looking to get an Instagram-worthy, dazzlingly white smile. Its proponents swear by it, claiming the charcoal delivers big results with little harm — after all, it’s all natural and costs a fraction of the price of traditional teeth-whitening treatments. But like other DIY teeth-whitening methods, charcoal toothpaste has its hazards.
Life is hectic. Between taking your kids to soccer practice and piano lessons and maintaining your own work and social calendars, there’s hardly time to drop everything to have a dental implant made. It’s been a while since you’ve had to have one, but you know it used to take weeks to get a realistic implant crafted. The entire process was incredibly unpleasant, so unless you’ve damaged a visible tooth, it might just be easier to put it off indefinitely. Anyway, you know there’s not going to be a break in the schedule long enough to go from dental x-rays to a perfect new implant any time soon.