The concept of cosmetic dentistry is not new. The desire to decorate and enhance our teeth goes back over 2,500 years.
Mayan tribes in Central America and Mexico developed sophisticated dental skills to add “bling” to their teeth. These “dentists” were able to carve and chip holes into the center of teeth to hold semiprecious stones. These stones were affixed to the crevice using plant sap, chemicals, and even crushed bone. Other tooth enhancements included notches and grooves.
In both China and Japan, women at one point stained their teeth black as part of their beauty regimen. Some Aztec women stained their teeth red with the crushed bodies of the cochineal insect, a native bug, to make themselves more sexually appealing.
Style and Status
Whether for status or style, gold adorned teeth are an age-old tradition. Gold has transcended race and culture to become one of the most popular body modifications around the globe. Today it is common to see teeth bordered or fully crowned in gold, especially in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, where they are considered symbols of wealth.
Customized for You
It is, therefore, not surprising that modern dentistry gave rise to the idea of dental tattoos. These are perfect for people who want to add a little flare to their dental crowns, with images that include logos of their favorite sports teams or schools, cartoon characters, initials, or messages to loved ones.
Dental tattoos are custom designs artistically crafted by dental labs that produce dental crowns. A skilled laboratory artist carefully paints a miniature design onto the porcelain surface of the dental crown. Dr. Best seats the crown on the tooth with permanent cement. Patients generally do not have to take any special steps to maintain their dental tattoos, beyond caring for the crown itself.
If you are a body art connoisseur, consider a dental tattoo the next time you need a crown.