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Flash a Dazzling Smile: Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Gems

What do Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Drake have in common? Besides being superstars, they’ve all tried the tooth gem trend.

Tooth gems have taken the trend world by storm over the last few years. You’ve seen them on all kinds of celebrities and social media stars, and for good reason.

Tooth gems are a non-invasive and fun form of self-expression. You have many looks to choose from and they are temporary, so there’s no need for commitment. They add a whole new kind of sparkle to your smile. 

Read on to find out all about what are tooth gems, how to apply them, and if there are risks you should know about.

What Are Tooth Gems?

Tooth gems are one of the latest trends that have gained popularity. Probably because of how low maintenance, flashy, and fashionable they are. Instead of having to spring for the latest “it” handbag, these are a cheaper way to stand out.

Tooth gems are small pieces of jewelry. You apply them to the surface of your teeth with a bonding agent and composite. A composite is a resin material made specifically for teeth so it is safe to use.

They come in all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can choose from simple shapes like ovals, straight lines of jewels, or crosses. You can help your smile in a few ways, like getting a lip flip. A tooth gem is just a fast, easy way to experiment with your smile!

You can also get a little more creative and pick diamond shapes, lightning bolts, hearts, or stars. You can even get the Nike logo like Katy Perry did once.

These gems are usually made from rhinestone. There are also gems made of Swarovski crystal, gold, and other real gemstones.

These gems are temporary and will usually only last up to six weeks. You don’t have to worry about getting stuck if you change your mind or want to try another style. That’s why they’re so fun – you can go crazy with what shapes and colors you try!

On top of just being chic bling, this trend also has royal roots. Mayan kings, queens, and other nobility were known to drill holes into their teet. They then filled them with pieces of jewels such as jade, hematite, turquoise, and quartz.

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Are There Risks in Trying Tooth Gems?

You will sometimes hear people refer to tooth gems as tooth piercings. Rest assured that no part of the process involves actually piercing your teeth. These gems are only placed on your tooth’s surface with an adhesive.

The entire process of getting a tooth gem is relatively simple and is painless. So much so, there are DIY tooth gem kits so you can apply them to yourself. Doing this in the comfort of your own home is a great option to have.

The fashion movement has taken Tik Tok by storm. Tik Toker’s have even begun convincing others to try the at-home trend for themselves.

Of course, as with any kind of beautification procedure, there will be some care involved. According to Colgate, there are some things you should keep your eye on after getting a tooth gem. Though, tooth gem risks are pretty minimal.

Some things to consider are the entrapment of food and debris under or around the gem. Plaque accumulation and enamel damage are also something to look out for.

If you have allergies it is also important to take note of any allergic reactions. These may occur from metal, rhinestones, or adhesives.

It’s a good idea to notice how your mouth and gums feel during and after the placement of your gem. It’s also important to remember that tooth gems are, overall, not detrimental to your oral hygiene.

Professional vs. DIY

You can have a tooth gem placed on your choice of tooth in a professional setting, like a dentist’s office. You can also go to a tattoo shop or piercing shop. If you’re more comfortable doing it yourself, there are also many DIY tooth gems kits sold online.

If you want to go the professional route, seek a dentist in your area that will perform the procedure. However, this may be the most expensive route. Dentist fees may start around $150 and only go up from there.

Do-it-yourself kits are also available online. You can try this statement jewelry while also not shelling out too much money.

Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, DIY kits can cost as low as $20. They can go as high as hundreds of dollars for something like a variety bag of yellow gold pieces.

If you’re wondering how to apply tooth gem, each kit you buy will come with its own set of instructions. It will also come with glue, the bonding adhesive made specifically for teeth.

Caring for Your Teeth After Application

Caring for your tooth gem will be easier than caring for other kinds of procedures. Mostly, just make sure to practice good oral hygiene.

After your or a professional have finished the tooth gem procedure, make sure not to touch it. This might make the gem move or even fall off. It won’t hurt before or after application. It might, however, take some time to get used to a foreign object in your mouth!

Avoid eating for at least a few hours, and avoid eating sticky food.

Make sure to stick to soft foods for the first twelve hours or so. Wait at least six hours to brush your teeth, and avoid using an electric toothbrush. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush is a good idea.

After Your Tooth Gem, Try These Other Trends

Tooth gems are just one of the many ways you can try beauty and fashion trends. After you try them, you may want to try even more ways to enhance your natural beauty.

Check out this guide on finding the best airbrush makeup kit to find the right match for you!

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