Tooth Jewelry are glass crystals, real 18k white gold and 24k or 22k yellow gold jewels, designed specifically for dental use. The crystals have a special coating on the back and their facet cut reflects the light and makes it sparkle like a diamond. Unlike earlier methods which involved drilling and setting the jewel into the tooth, a little bit of dental composite material will attach the crystal onto the teeth. A jewel applied on a natural tooth will usually stay on for 6 months up to a few years, depending on the acidity of your saliva, the texture of your tooth, and the kind of foods you eat.
Can I feel the jewel on my tooth?
The jewels we use are only 0.4mm or 0.9mm thick and 1.8mm to 3mm in diameter. Initially something on your tooth will feel different, but a few days after the application you will get used to the new feeling.
Will the jewel harm my tooth?
No! The jewel is bonded to the enamel like a orthodontic bracket or a filling to your front tooth, without any drilling or pain. The procedure and removal can be compared to the placement and removal of orthodontic brackets. When it is removed it it simply popped off and the tooth will be polished to remove any remaining bonding material.
Does the jewel impede brushing?
No, the presence of the gem will not make any difference regarding dental hygiene. However, it is recommended not to use an electric tooth brush for the first 24 hours after the jewel has been attached.
What if the jewel falls off and I swallow it?
The jewels are tiny glass crystals or gold. They have no sharp edges. It will basically come out "the natural way" the same as it went inside your body.
Can I still have my teeth cleaned by my dentist/hygienist?
Yes, you can and should, still have your teeth cleaned by a professional. Tooth Jewelry will not cause a problem for the hygienist cleaning your teeth. The area underneath the jewel is sealed like a filling and will not let in any bacteria. The hygienist can easily polish on top and around the jewel with a soft point.