The concept of decorating or enhancing teeth is actually quite ancient. The practice of soft tissue piercings like nose, ear, eyebrows with ornaments jewelleries, and body tattooing are ages old started in Egypt, China and medieval around 5000 years back. They were considered as a sign of religious and social rank in the community but now it is regaining momentum as a fashion and style statement by many young people.

Dental tattoos are not new; it started in the West about 8-10 years ago when hiphop singers and rappers started sporting them in their music videos and then youngsters started aping them. In both China and Japan, women at one point stained their teeth black as part of their beauty regimens, and in many cultures, teeth may be bordered in gold or replaced as a status symbol; gold teeth are especially common in Latin America and the Caucasus. Modern dentistry gave rise to the idea of dental tattoos.

What Exactly are Dental Tattoos

Dental tattoos are custom designs which are added to dental crowns before the crowns are sealed and set in the mouth. This term is also used for  temporary decals and stains used to decorate the teeth. Dental tattoos can potentially be applied to any tooth, and they run a wide gamut of styles, colors, and designs.

What exactly are dental tattoos

Most Common Age Group Fond Of Dental Tattoos

The 14-35 years age group usually goes in for dental tattoo treatment. Popular categories in tooth tattooing include: celebrities, flowers, religion, devotion to person or issue, and animals.

Different Types of Dental Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are designs are in the form of templates that are stuck on the teeth. Various kinds of designs are available. Sticking a temporary tattoo takes just 15-20 minutes.

Permanent tattoos are drilled on the teeth. Once done you cannot get them removed. Inscribing permanent tattoos can take long perhaps hours depending on the design chosen by the customer.

Cartoons, Custom designs or Hand- Painted artwork.

Above all you can also use teeth jewel to make a fashion statement.
Labial side Tattoos (facing the lip and cheek) or lingual side Tattoos (facing the tongue).

Which Is The Most Common Site For Placement Of Dental Tattoos

The most preferred areas for dental tattoos are the upper canine, upper lateral incisors, premolars and molars.

How Does Dental Tattoos Differ From Skin Tattoos

Use of word tattoo to define ornamental designs on teeth is a bit of a misnomer, as a tattoo is, by definition, a pigment mark made by piercing the skin. In the case of dental tattoos, the teeth are not actually pierced or even touched with a needle, and the material which covers teeth is enamel, not skin. However, the end effect is much the same, especially in the case of an artfully produced dental tattoo.

Procedure to Make Dental Tattoos

Dental tattoos are usually applied by the dental lab which makes the crowns. After a dentist takes a mold and confirms that it is correctly sized for the tooth, he or she sends it to a lab to be manufactured into a crown, or produces the crowns in-house, depending on personal preference.

If the customer wants a dental tattoo, the mold may be sent to a lab which specializes in such things, and a skilled artist typically does the tattoo work, carefully painting a miniature design onto the tooth before it is sealed.

Because once the work is sealed in, clients generally do not have to take any special steps to maintain their dental tattoos, beyond caring for the crown itself.

Can We Remove Dental Tattoos After Long Use

Dental Tattoos can be removed by grinding away the upper layers of the crown, for people who later sour on their dental tattoos, but do not want to replace the entire crown.

Even more temporary option is to can apply specialized decals to teeth. However care should be taken when removing such decals to make sure that all residue is removed from the teeth and to avoid swallowing the decal.

Cost of Dental Tattoos

For a basic design one may be required to shell out $250 and the cost increases as the design becomes more intricate and complex. It may reach up to $500.

Cost for getting dental jewellery or a crystal on one’s tooth is quite expensive procedure. It starts at anywhere around $ 250 and can go up to Rs $500 depending upon the size and colour of the crystal used.

Oral Hygiene Status With the Use of Dental Tattoos

There are no side effects, but it depends on a person's dental hygiene. If a person is lacking hygiene, then there could be cavities - but this can happen even without a tattoo.

Merits Of Dental Tattoos

  1. The procedure is painless.

  2. The tattoos can easily be removed in five minutes in the dentist’s office with just a little grinding with a rubber wheel and we can have another custom Artwork Hand Painted tooth tattoos on teeth (crowns).

Negatives of Using Dental Tattoos

  1. It is possible that plaque can build up around the tattoo, causing an increased chance of tooth decay.

  2. The enamel of the tooth is a highly polished surface and if tattooing or stone-studding is not done professionally, it can cause dental caries around the margin of the teeth. But with good oral hygiene, this can be avoided.

  3. Dental tattoos sometimes get abraded with time and needs to be replaced

  4. The chemical used to add tattoo’s on your teeth is even not completely safe.

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