How does it work?
Tooth jewellery differs from traditional gold tooth capping in that it is temporary and doesn’t involve damaging or altering the structure of the tooth in any way. Gems or motifs are instead painlessly mounted on top of the intact enamel using dental adhesive (the same stuff that is used to fix bracketed, ‘train track’ braces to teeth) in a procedure that lasts only five to ten minutes. The jewellery will stay in place for as long as you want (up to a year if you take of it, keeping it clean and being cautious when biting into hard or sticky foods) or can be removed by a dentist at any time.
Is it for me?
Tooth jewellery can only be applied to natural teeth, so if you have capped, crowned or artificial teeth, then you are unable to wear tooth jewellery. Those with weakened enamel may also want to avoid tooth jewellery to prevent any marking, staining or further damage to teeth.
Good to know...
Archaeological research by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History has revealed that the Ancient people of southern North America went to specialised ‘dentists’ to beautify their gnashers with notches, grooves, and gems that filled drilled holes. Ouch.