One of the newest and most interesting trends sweeping across the nation is giving women (and some men, too) diamond faceted smiles, literally. Tooth jewelry, small glass crystals that come in many sizes, colors, and shapes, are quickly becoming fastened to teeth all over America. DecoDent Inc., created by Monika Gruenwald, a dental assistant from Germany, provides these glittering gems to many dentist offices across the country.
“I once bonded a diamond in the central incisor of a flamboyant restaurant owner,” says Dr. Dan Matthews, a dentist from Austen, Texas. “He loved it!”
Tooth jewelry adds flair to any outfit and occasion through its many colors, sizes, and even shapes. DecoDent provides small custom made crystals from BrilliAnce in three colors: crystal clear, sapphire blue, and ruby red, and some cheaper “rainbow crystals” with a wider variety of colors including amethyst, fire opal, rainbow, and rose. The company also provides different shapes for the crystals and even white or yellow gold overlay, giving their customers the option to add their favorite zodiac symbol or animal to their pearly whites. The cut of the crystals themselves are faceted with a reflective coating on the back to create a diamond beautiful sparkle that never fades, leaving customers with a dazzling smile.
“Tooth jewelry isn’t that different in concept than decorative tattoos,” Matthews says, “except it has the added advantage of being removable if need be.”
Originating in Europe and branching out into countries such as India, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Canada before finding its home in America, tooth jewelry has spread like wildfire by word of mouth. “A patient called up and asked if we provided this service,” Dr. Andrew Hall, who places dental implants in Colorado Springs recalls. “She was in Vegas on vacation and saw a young woman with a similar jewel on her tooth. Through further research, she told me that Pink the singer has some pink diamonds actually placed on some of her teeth.” After hearing the woman’s story, Dr. Hall decided he would give it a try and found the process quick and easy.
Attaching the crystal takes approximately five minutes and does not cause any harm to the tooth. Dentists use a dental composite adhesive to attach the crystal, sealing it to the tooth for anywhere from six months to three years, and is easily removable at any time in case a change in color or a permanent removal is desired. There is no drilling and no pain involved. The adhesive used binds the gem completely to the tooth and prevents any bacteria from settling underneath, so there is no risk of cavities on the site. Brushing and regular dentist visits are not impeded by tooth jewelry, as the dentist will only need to go over the gem with a soft brush during checkups.
Gold facings are also available for any hip-hop lovers shopping for sweet grillz. Their facings bond to the surface of the tooth just as the tooth jewels, giving the look of any hip-hop artist without spending hundreds of dollars in full gold teeth replacements. These facings are also temporary and %100 removable at any time. They come in various sizes, full and partial facings, and even a U shape for those who wish to showcase their beautiful tooth.
There are tooth jewelry kits existing as well for extra temporary placement, be it for a weekend getaway or a night at the prom. These kits are FDA approved and the jewel can last on the tooth for up to four weeks depending on tooth structure and other influences.
“Placing jewelry in teeth is nothing new,” Dr Hall explains. “It used to be used in Egyptian culture as a sign of wealth.” Nowadays, tooth jewelry continues to become known through its use by popular artists such as Pink, who flashed her pink diamonds to crowds everywhere in her tour titled “I’m Not Dead” in 2007.
Fortunately, tooth jewelry is not limited to pop singers and movie stars. Anyone can receive the beautiful sparkling smile of their dreams within minutes in any color, shape, and size they choose, and the prices are quite affordable.
Bob writes for e-Marketing Partner. Dr. Andrew Hall is a dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado who has applied tooth jewelry. Dr. Dan Matthews is a dentist in Austin Texas.