Why Your Richmond Dentist Doesn’t Have a Tongue Ring

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry

Tongue PiercingsLike your smile, lip and tongue piercings say something about you before you even speak. Pop stars, such as Pink, and actresses, such as Drew Barrymore, are some of the few celebrities who want to put off a bad girl persona with the metal in their mouth. However, have you ever noticed a dentist with an oral piercing? Our Richmond, CA dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu doesn’t have a tongue ring for more reasons than dress code. Learn how lip and tongue piercings can affect your oral health.

How Tongue Rings Can Ruin Your Smile

A tongue ring is an extremely invasive piercing. A foreign object inside of your mouth can feel weird. That’s why most people with tongue rings continually play with them; touching the piercing with their teeth, threading barbells through their front bottom teeth, and clanking it around in the back of their mouth. All of these seemingly harmless habits can all lead to tooth trauma. In fact, of all of the oral piercings, tongue rings are the most responsible for chipped teeth. When the metal piercing clashes against teeth or becomes wedged between front teeth it often results in a broken tooth.

Craze Lines Caused by Tongue Piercings

Another common smile imperfection caused by metal piercing is craze lines. These vertical lines appear on the front of your teeth from causes such as teeth grinding, chewing on inedible objects or ice, dental injury, or biting fingernails. The hairline fractures in your tooth enamel collect staining and appear conspicuously darker than the rest of your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Richmond, CA

Stay tuned later this week to learn how lip rings can cause gum damage. Do you have craze lines or chipped teeth due to an oral piercing? Our Richmond, CA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu offers porcelain veneers to cover unsightly damages from tongue rings or lip rings using minimally invasive procedures. To find out more about our cosmetic dentistry services, call our family dentistry in Richmond, CA at (510)758-7222.

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