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Worth the bling? Everything you need to know about dental grills

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Far from a conventional dental product, dental grills are part of cosmetic dentistry offerings and are popular in different parts of the world.

They cover the front of your teeth and come in various styles, colors, and materials, with dental gold grills proving popular among rappers and artists.

Here, we take a closer look at dental grills and explain what they are, how much they cost, and whether they are good or bad for your teeth.

What is a dental grill?

So, what are dental grills? Sometimes known colloquially as "grillz" or "fronts," dental grills are decorative covers made of gold, silver, or other precious metals that are installed on the front of a person's teeth.

Male and female dental grills are available and they come in many forms and styles. Some clip in place, while some people have their teeth permanently altered to accommodate the grill.

It's possible to have a grill covering one or two teeth or an entire row of teeth, depending on the wearer's cosmetic preferences.

Are dental grills permanent?

Some dental grills are permanent. In fact, some people have their teeth altered to accommodate the grill, installing a gold or silver dental crown in addition to the grill.

Other people have their dental grills attached with some type of glue, which is not advised. In this instance, the grill is semi permanent and would need to be removed by a dentist.

Other people use dental grills that can be clipped onto teeth and removed at will. In other words, it's up to the wearer if the grill is detachable or permanent, and that's something you would need to think about before opting for a dental grill on your teeth.

Dental grill prices

Numerous factors influence the price of dental grills, primarily the material that you opt for. Silver grills tend to be the most affordable and are priced at approximately $250. However, if you add jewels or other designs, this price will increase.

Gold dental grills tend to start at $300 or more, while diamond dental grills are the most expensive option, typically costing several thousand dollars.

When considering the dental grill cost, you also need to think about whether you want to add permanent gold or silver crowns to the grill, as this will increase the price.

It's also worth considering whether you need to have any dental work done before fixing the grill in place, be it straightening or filling any of your teeth.

Again, the cost of this dental work will add to the price of the grill, so bear this in mind as you make a budget for the work.

Are dental grills bad for your teeth?

No studies currently exist to show that dental grills are good or bad for your teeth. Therefore, it's difficult to say conclusively whether they can have a negative impact on your dental health or hygiene.


However, there are some general considerations worth noting. Some grills made from non-precious metals can cause allergic reactions and may lead to increased tooth sensitivity or discomfort.

Equally, if you use any type of glue to hold your dental grill in place, you risk inflaming your mouth and causing damage to your teeth and gums.

The weight of dental grills can also impact your teeth. If the grill is too heavy to be supported by your teeth, it can cause undue pressure on the roots of the teeth and may lead to long-term dental problems.

Our recommendation is that if you want to wear a dental grill, schedule a consultation with a dentist first and find out how to do so safely to prevent any inadvertent damage to your teeth.

How to maintain dental grills to keep your mouth healthy

If you're going to invest in a dental grill, make sure you do the following to keep your mouth healthy:

Opt for a removable grill and remove it when you're eating and drinking. You should also remove it once every day and clean it thoroughly to remove any bacteria and food debris.

Make sure you floss well, as food debris and bacteria can get trapped between the grill and teeth. This can lead to bad breath and even tooth decay, so it's important to floss daily.

Avoid using any jewelry cleaners to clean the grill, as these are likely to be harmful when ingested. You can use an antibacterial mouthwash to clean the grill, but also consult with your dentist about the best way to keep it clean.

Brush your teeth thoroughly 2-3 times a day with an electric toothbrush, like the Laifen Wave. Make sure you remove the grill to brush your teeth.

Recap - are dental grills worth it?

Dental grills are a fashion statement and you might be attracted to them to showcase your style. If you opt for a grill, make sure you get a removable dental grill and clean it thoroughly every day. You also need to maintain excellent dental hygiene to prevent the grill from negatively affecting your teeth and gums.

So, if you're looking to buy a dental grill this year, please schedule a consultation with your dentist before taking the first step and consider the best way to go about it.

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