Posted August 2, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 4 min read
Tooth jewel or dental jewelry is basically a gem, a rhinestone, or a crystal that is placed onto a tooth of your choice using an adhesive without damaging the enamel layer of the tooth.
Tooth jewel includes a surface-covering jewelry piece, the body of which is designed to lie principally in a plane parallel with the tooth surface and is designed to be fixed to the surface by a layer of fixing composite.
On its posterior side, which is designed to be turned toward the surface of the tooth, the jewelry piece has a recess which, along the piece’s circumference of the back surface, defines a continual supporting edge upon which the jewelry piece rests against the tooth surface.
Placing dental jewelry is painless and does not require any kind of injection.
The tooth will not be drilled for placement of dental jewelry and only takes 15 minutes for the entire procedure.
Dental jewelry is firmly bound to the tooth similar to an orthodontic bracket as seen in orthodontic treatment procedures.
The chances of its dislodgement while eating is very rare.
The bonding procedure has also been simplified and is completely reversible and safe.
Tooth gems are available in all different shapes and sizes.
Some popular choices include diamonds, sapphires, rubies, crystals.
However, opting for precious or non-precious metals and crystals or diamonds is just a matter of personal choice.
Twinklesis a small jewel designed to be bonded to the tooth.
A precious stone set in pure gold to enhance the smile and emphasize your personality.
These stones are available in various shapes like heart, drop, triangle, and round as well as the star.
Twinkles are safe, reversible, exclusive body art that leaves no permanent mark on the tooth, letting you display a fun, personal form of self-expression with a great sense of style in the community.
The procedure of fixing teeth jewelry is very simple and usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Before the procedure, your tooth enamel will be cleaned with a fluoride–free polishing paste, then this portion will be etched with
orthophosphoric acid(37%) for 20-30 seconds to increase the surface area of bonding.
The next process is the application of a bonding agent which will be left for 20 seconds, then a small amount of the composite will be placed on the surface of the tooth and the jewel will be picked by a holder and placed in the centre of the composite.
The jewel will take 20 seconds to completely adhere to the tooth.
You should avoid brushing your teeth vigorously and eating spicy or sticky foods.
It’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene after a tooth piercing.
Also, try not to touch or play with the jewelry once it’s placed as it may distort it.
It’s important to have dental check-ups every 6 months to make sure the jewelry is not damaging your teeth or gums or causing any kind of discomfort.
Longevity of Tooth jewel
These tooth jewels can last for a longer period of time.
However, few people need these jewels only for special celebrations or a specific event, and others may retain them for a lifetime.
Depending upon the type and purpose of tooth jewelry opted, and consequently its bonding material, this finished product will last for about four months to four years! It is important, that the patient, know that this procedure is not permanent.
- When you feel that you want to remove the jewel from your teeth, you need to plan a visit to your dentist and get them removed.
- One should never try to remove the jewel at home as it can badly harm your tooth.
- The procedure is similar to the removal of orthodontic brackets in orthodontic treatments.
- When it is removed, the gem is simply popped off and the tooth will be polished to remove any remaining bonding material.
The cost depends on several factors including the number, quality, and size of the jewels and the materials used that vary by weight in price (from Gold to Silver).