The History of Modern Tooth Gems

Tooth gems are a popular trend in the world of beauty and fashion, but many people are not aware of their interesting history and the advancements that have been made since their introduction. I

Tooth gems have been around for centuries in various forms. In ancient cultures such as the Mayans and Egyptians, people would decorate their teeth with precious stones as a sign of wealth and status. The practice of ornamenting the teeth, continued throughout history, with the wealthy and noble classes of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries have also been reported to use precious stones and metals to enhance their teeth.

However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that tooth gems became the rage in the modern Western world. It is believed that the trend began in Sweden, where cosmetic dental professionals started using dental adhesive to attach small crystals to the surface of teeth. The trend quickly spread throughout Europe and then to other parts of the world, including the United States.

The early tooth gems were simple and consisted of small crystals that were glued to the tooth’s surface. However, advancements in dental technology have made more intricate and detailed designs achievable. Tooth gems can now be made from a range of materials, including gold, silver, and diamonds, and can be shaped and sized to fit any tooth. Our favourite is using Swarovski crystals and 14ct rose and yellow gold.

The application process has also improved over time. In the early days, tooth gems were attached using dental adhesive, which was not always reliable and could result in the gem falling off. Today, dental professionals use a more advanced bonding agent that is specifically designed for use on teeth. This ensures that the tooth gem stays in place for longer and does not damage the tooth’s surface.

Whilst in this modern day and age, dental jewellery are easily accessible with the appeal of being able to apply it at home yourself, it is recommended to have a dental professional apply the gem to ensure it is done safely and correctly.

The gems themselves are also made from materials that are safe for use in the mouth, such as Swarovski crystals or gold.

One concern that some people may have is that the tooth gem will cause tooth decay or other dental problems. However, tooth gems do not cover the entire tooth surface, and they do not interfere with the cleaning of the tooth. It is important to continue brushing and flossing as normal to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent any potential dental problems.

In fact, tooth gems can even have some benefits for dental health. Some dental professionals have noted that the smooth surface of the gem can help prevent plaque buildup on the tooth surface, which can lead to tooth decay. Additionally, tooth gems can be used to cover small chips or imperfections in the tooth surface, which can help prevent further damage and decay.

However, it is important to note that there unless applied properly by a reputable professional there are some potential risks. For example, if the adhesive used to apply the gem is of poor quality or even at times not correct for dental application – the gem can fall off, posing a potential choking hazard. Additionally, if the gem is placed too close to the gums, it can irritate the gums and lead to inflammation or infection.

To minimise these risks, it is recommended to have a dental professional apply the tooth gem. We are intensively trained and have the expertise and training to ensure that the gem is applied safely and correctly – along with correct training in dental sterilisation.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to do your research and decide if it is right for you. Make sure you ask as many questions to your beautician before making up your mind about dental jewellery because once its on – it can only be removed by a dentist at your next scale and clean.

In conclusion, tooth gems have a long and interesting history, and the advancements that have been made since their introduction have made them more popular and accessible than ever before. With new materials, designs, and application methods constantly being developed, it’s safe to say that tooth gems will continue to be a trend for years to come.