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The Concept of Tooth Tattoos / Art on Teeth

Updated on June 6, 2012

The art of tooth tattooing is as ancient as time itself. The variations however sometimes have us in awe. Tooth tattoos are no new fad but most people have never heard of them. This artistic embellishing of teeth is intrinsic, creative, and painless. Tattoos can be as simple or as complex as the client want, though the more complex the design, the harder it is to appreciate it. Colored, simpler designs are easier to see and appreciate. Tattooing a tooth is similar to repairing a chipped tooth and can cost anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on the design to be applied.

By definition, a tattoo is the art of piercing the skin and introducing ink beneath the skin to make a permanent pattern or design. Tattoos in some cultures and countries are taboo while in some they are proofs of your wealth, social standing, and occupation. In many Christian groups, for example, tattoos are frowned upon as it seen as defiling the temple of God. Tooth tattoos may not even qualify as tattoos as there is no impaling of any skin. These tattoos are on the crown of the tooth and can be removed easily and quickly by a dentist without replacing the tooth.

Some tattoos are painted on to the tooth with a porcelain glaze. The client visits the dentist who makes an impression made of his/her teeth. This impression is then sent to the artist who covers it with porcelain glaze, paints the artwork on it, and then glazes it the way one would glaze a ceramic pot in a fire. After polishing it, it is sent back to the dentist who will cement it in place.

Tooth tattoos can also be carved onto the tooth. A mold is made of the tooth and sent to the artist along with the client's design or request. The artist carves the design into the crown of the tooth and adds color, which is then baked on to the tooth. The embellished tooth is then sent back to the dentist who will be cemented in place.

Taking care of a tooth tattoo is no different from caring for your natural teeth. It can be cleaned with the same toothpaste and dental product. It is important to have tattooing done by a professional as plaque can build up around the tattoo and cause tooth decay.

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      Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Mary615. I'm glad I was able to share something new with you. Hey, guess what! Now you know something 'hip and cool' that not even the teenagers where you live know about.

      Enjoy the rest of your day. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow! Never heard of this. The young people where I live have thought of everything (I thought). Very interesting!

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      words cocktail 5 years ago from Australia

      I like the picture above

      and voted in your poll too

      not for me- no No

      the tooth Tatooo!!

      *Grins* :)

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      Eric Newland 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      Hmm, I like the idea of a Washington or Abe Lincoln tattooth. I could create a scale replica of Mt. Rushmore on my incisors!

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      Loi-Renee 6 years ago from Jamaica

      i was glad to share Alipuckett. Thanks for stopping by.

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      alipuckett 6 years ago

      I have never even heard of tooth tattoos! I learn something new every day... Thanks!

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      Loi-Renee 6 years ago from Jamaica

      When Shweta asked this question that was exactly what I said Cardisa.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      This is both interesting and strange at the same time. I wonder who thinks these kinds of things up?

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Well I learned something today. I never heard of this art before. People who wear tattooed teeth are different (weird), no offense!

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      amberbartlett 6 years ago

      This is the craziest/awesomest thing I've ever seen. I don't think I would do it...but it is definitely interesting.

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      Loi-Renee 6 years ago from Jamaica

      @Suzie & Creativezazz: I cannot imagine doing this myself. I've never seen anyone with it either but I thought it was very interesting.

      @ Bianu: You are so right Bianu. From my research, the tooth is cemented by a dentist in most cases. Of course there is always the possibility of underground operations.

      @Romari: ergh is right. LOL. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @Leaderofmany: LOL. To keep the teeth or decorate it, That will be their question.

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      Leaderofmany 6 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      Very interesting, but not for me. I have enough to worry about kepping the teeth I have in my head. Maybe for the next generation.

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      Rose Maria Rica D. Fuentes 6 years ago from Heaven

      THANKS FOR THE GREAT HUB!it's weird though..ergh

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      creativezazz 6 years ago from Claremont, CA

      Very strange. I think tooth tatoos are not for me. Interesting though.

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      Bianu 6 years ago from Africa

      This sounds painful and quite bizarre. Hope one needs a certificate before being set loose on hapless teeth.

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I cannot imagine doing this to my teeth.