We all have seen the popularity of tattoos grow from the traditional face tattoos of the Khond women, to those who wear only tattoos in place of clothing. But as if this wasn’t enough, tattoos have been successful in conquering the final frontier (which was supposedly the only body part thought to be spotless) – the teeth. Yes, you can now tattoo your teeth too!
Although this trend is a bit stale in the places it originated, getting the teeth inked is fast gaining popularity in India. A few years ago, it was dental jewellery that made much of a hype in Indian metro cities; people were seen with a gem stuck on their teeth. And now the thought of having a spot of ink on the teeth may seem a bit over-the-top. However, most people have come to think of it as ‘cool’.
Before you pass any judgment on this trend, let me give you a few details.
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Dental tattoos are nothing like ‘real tattoos’. Which means you won’t have to sit with your mouth wide open (sorry, no pun intended; get a grip) or go through a painful procedure with the needle. Also dental tattoos are not permanent unlike body tattoos; this means no pain and no commitment!
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A dental tattoo is small impression on your tooth, which is visible when you smile. The impression is not made on your own tooth, but a cap. First, a dentist takes an impression of the tooth on which the cap is to be fitted, then a tattoo artist works to ink the cap in a lab. And finally, in a 30-minute procedure, the cap is fixed onto the tooth. Ta-da! Your tooth is stained! If you ever get bored of your tattoo and want another one, the cap can be safely removed by a qualified dentist without any hassle.
Cartoon characters, flowers, and zodiac signs are the popular choices for people who wish to get a dental tattoo. The most preferred teeth for tattoos are the lateral upper incisors, canines, molars and premolars.
As far as the cons are concerned, even though dentists and cosmetologists claim that there are no side effects to the tattoos, they do stress on the need to maintain dental hygiene to avoid any cavities. Tell us what you reckon about this trend!