Get a million dollar smile. If you have a thing for bling and have never managed to pluck up the courage to get a gold tooth, how about a diamante one? Tooth jewellery involves the application of small Swarovski crystals or gold emblems to specific corners of visible teeth to give them a bit more sparkle.
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.
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.
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.