When it comes to fashion trends, piercings are thought to be a way someone can express themselves without making the life-long commitment of something like a tattoo. After all, piercings can be removed, right? Oral piercings – in the tongue or lip – might appear to have a temporary option, but in this case, being trendy has a permanent cost: tooth damage, and even tooth loss. Wilmette cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about the downfalls of oral piercings, and how we can help if you if you succumb to damaged teeth as a result of this fashion statement.
Damaged Gum Tissues
A research study published in Journal of the American Dental Association pointed out that constant contact between oral jewelry and gum tissues can cause nerve damage, gum recession, fractured, and chipped teeth. According to University of Maryland Dental School associate professor, Dr. John K. Brooks, “wearing oral piercing ornaments, even over relatively short periods, may result in significant deformities to gingival tissue (gums) that might not respond satisfactorily to surgery and, in fact, may lead to tooth loss.” (more…)
Perhaps in an ideal world, job interviews could be done with blindfolds on. There are certain elements of appearance that people simply cannot help, and shouldn’t be penalized for if they are the most qualified candidate for employment. However, there is no doubt that first impressions are visual. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the most universally attractive person will be the front runner (since attractiveness can certainly be subjective). However, glaring elements of distracting appearance are likely to take away from your qualifications. Teeth and gums are a huge part of this puzzle, because it isn’t just the way they look aesthetically, but how warmly and sincerely a potential job candidate smiles at the people interviewing them. Your Deerfield cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about the importance of your smile in terms of your career. (more…)
We have come a long way in the world of orthodontics. There are now appliances referred to as “cosmetic braces.” Traditional bracket and wire braces can be made with materials that are clear or blend in with your teeth, making them much less conspicuous. Even more amazing is that teeth can potentially be straightened by clear plastic liners that are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Professionals and self-conscious teenagers alike tend to have many questions about Invisalign. Your Northwest Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this attractive orthodontic option. (more…)