While enterprising hipsters have been getting tattoos of teeth for years now, a newer trend may be just starting to gain popularity; tattoos on your teeth. There are a few different options, both temporary and permanent, for adding a little spice to your smile.
Well, people are always looking for new places to get tattoos. People have tattooed their eyeballs, the inside of their lips, even the soles of their feet, so getting a tattooed tooth is really the next logical step in this quest to decorate ourselves.
How do they do it?
To get a permanent tooth tattoo takes a few weeks. First you have to go to the dentist to have an impression of your tooth made. They then send this impression to a crown maker who makes the crown and either paints the picture you want themselves or sends it out to be painted. This process usually takes two to three weeks. Once the crown has been made fancy, it is sent back to the dentist, who then calls you and gets you back into the office. All that is left at this point is to fit the crown and cement it into your mouth. The process can cost anywhere from $75 to $300, depending on who you choose to make the crown and draw the artwork. Dental fees are not included in this estimate.
Temporary tooth tattoos are similar to temporary tattoos. They are a thin, sticky film that a kid can peel off on his/her tooth. The tattoo stays there for a day until the kid brushes it off with a toothbrush. They are not toxic, so if a little bit gets eaten by accident it’s okay.
What can you have drawn?
Anything, as long as it is small and relatively simple. Obviously, with such a small canvas you have to pick something that is recognizable when it is tiny. People have had everything made, from their favorite band to their favorite brand. Hearts, stars, rainbows, three leaf clovers, four leaf clovers, and sports teams all seem to be popular picks. Some artists will even draw people’s faces, such as Elvis or Abe Lincoln. Because all of the artwork is hand drawn, the only biggest limiting factor is your imagination.
This doesn’t sound like a real tattoo…
That is because it is not a real tattoo. It is a porcelain crown, or whatever material you choose, that is painted with a design. In a stroke of clever marketing someone named it a tooth tattoo, which has stuck. At no point will a dentist take an inking needle to your tooth.
Who is getting them?
It turns out a wide variety of people are getting them, many of whom would never consider getting a real tattoo. Tooth tattoos can be printed on either side of the tooth, making them either a private affair where you could get a loved one’s name, or the front where they can be a statement for the world to see. That, coupled with the fact that so many people need crowns and this a fun way to personalize them has led to a recent explosion in tooth tattoos. While some of them are truly wild, I think the simpler ones are the best.
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