People have worn gold, silver, and jewels in their ears, nostrils, eye brows, and belly buttons for years. It should come as no surprise that the next place to flash some jewelry is in your smile. Tooth jewelry has been very popular in Europe for years and is just starting to become popular in the United States. It should come as no surprise that Southern California is currently a hot bed for tooth jewelry.
Tooth jewelry is bonded to the enamel of a tooth. The tiny spot where the jewel is placed is etched to make the surface microscopically rough. Some bonding liquid and a drop of dental composite are then bonded with the jewel onto the surface of the tooth. The process is quick, simple, and painless. The process takes a few minutes to perform and is completely reversible with no harm done to the tooth.
Tooth jewels come in many shapes and stones. There are gold and white gold jewels with designs such as, stars, hearts, motor cycles, crosses, golf balls, butterfly’s, etc.. Jewels come in many colors including, amethyst, blue, pink, white, and red.
The tooth jewels are very thin, varying from a half to a millimeter in thickness. Initially something will feel different on your tooth, but after a few days it is no longer noticeable. The jewels will stay on the tooth for at least six months up to many years and can be removed at anytime.
Tooth jewelry is subtle, but certainly will get you some attention, or at the very least, help you start a conversation when you smile.