Have you run out of space on your skin? Well, maybe its time to consider a tattoo on your teeth!
In fact last week the Daily Mail ran an article which asked if you were bored with body art and noted that tooth tattoos are becoming an emerging trend as people seek to decorate their mouths with images of their favourite things.
With body art gaining more and more popularity, its now time to push the boundaries, and look at customising your smile - luckily, when it comes to this department, almost anything you can dream of is possible.
Individual tooth tattoos
The simplest way to tattoo your tooth, is to have a skilled technician tattoo a crown or a veneer with your tattoo, and you can have this as visible or subtle as you want.
Here is a dental tattoo on the inside of the top teeth.
Here is a picture of a Yorkshire Rose tattooed behind a front tooth.
If you are looking for something a little more obvious, why not have the tattoo on the front of your teeth? You can change the colour of the tooth, the material (I have made a silver veneer once), you can have diamonds and gem stones put into it - just let your imagination run wild.
This is something that was made for a record producer using real gold and diamonds.
How is this possible?
Tattooing a crown is actually fairly simple, most dental crowns and veneers are hand made, by layering on different colours (usually yellows, creams and greys), to achieve a natural looking tooth. If we know what you want, different colours can be used to build in whatever you can imagine - your favourite football team, your brand of car, or your partner's name - and if any of these change, you can just replace the crown!
Is it Safe?
If the tooth or teeth are ones you are having corrected, then there is no difference between having a normal crown, and a tattooed crown, the staining is inside the crown, and there is a layer of glass like glaze over the top to give the teeth a smooth finish.
If you are considering this on healthy teeth, then the tooth may or may not need some adjustment, and this adjustment would be permanent. If you ever want to have the tattoo removed, then you would need a new crown made, but the final tooth would look like a tooth, unlike skin tattoo removal, where the skin will never return to 100% natural appearance.
Can I have a tooth tattoo without having a crown?
In most cases, yes. For a few years now, dental veneers can be made to incredibly thin proportions meaning little to no tooth needs to be drilled. These veneers are also hand made, so you could have your tattoo on a veneer.
Is There Anything Non Permanent?
You may have seen people wearing grills on MTV - a grill is a removable covering to your teeth, and they can look as dramatic or subtle as you want. The nice thing here is, there is no drilling, no gluing, no long appointments!
Changing your smile in such a way will give you a very unique look, and Hollywood use this technique to emphasise traits of certain characters, here is a grill my lab made for Joe Gilgun for the film Lockout.
I couldn’t write an article about dental tattoos without mentioning lip tattoos! Most people I speak to have never seen these, but doing what I do, I've seen a few.
For this kind of thing, you don’t even need to see a dentist, and a quick internet search will show you how creative you can get, but do go to someone with experience of tattooing this area as it's not the same as doing an arm or a leg.
Images courtesy of Ambridge Ceramics.