The bizarre trend might seem quite flashy and new-age, however, it has been around since the '90s.
Internet trends don't surprise us anymore. But have you come across "tooth gems"? If not, we are here to tell you all about this bedazzled trend that's taking over social media. As weird as it sounds, it is exactly what it suggests. They are basically small gems that you put on your teeth that will make your smile sparkle. Of course, it doesn't mean you put gems on every tooth, you can be subtle about it and put just one gem or even a few tiny ones.
The 'tooth gems' trend might seem quite flashy and new-age, however, it has been around since the '90s. And it's not just the social media influencers who are trying it out. Even A-listers like Ariana Grande, Drake, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber have all had tooth gems at some point in their lives, reports Simple Most.
Would the gems just fall off while you are brushing? The answer is no because if it's done by a professional, you can clean your teeth like how you normally do. In order to ensure no bacteria goes underneath it, the gem is sealed to the tooth. However, it is also recommended that you visit your dentist regularly for cleaning after getting a tooth gem.
According to Diply, they are priced around $50 just to get them installed. And later on, you can add more gems to your teeth. This will cost you around $20 each for a gem/cap. As blingy and cool as it sounds, not everyone who got a tooth gem was satisfied with it. According to The Sun, Cara, who is now in her twenties, regrets getting a permanent tooth gem when she was a teenager.
"When I was 15 years old, I was on holiday in Turkey and decided to go behind my mum's back and have a permanent, drilled in tooth gem at the dentist. I thought at the time it looked good. However, I'm turning 20 and have started training as a nurse and I want so badly this tooth gem removed. I know it will leave a small hole in my tooth but I will get it capped at the dentist."
"I have tried picking it out, using a knife to scrape it out... I'm desperate now. I'm a bit nervous about going to the dentist to have it removed because I think they'll laugh at me, but if I have to do that I will do it! I'm afraid to smile because I feel people are staring at my tooth rather than properly speaking to me," she concluded.
If you are not looking for anything permanent, and still want to give it a shot, here's what you can do. You can try out the stick-on jewels which are easy to apply, no pain, and, of course, not too damaging to your teeth. However, it is not safe all the time. According to Simple Most, tooth gems can cause side effects like tooth decay and infection. Many people also found themselves with tooth discoloration as a result of using a questionable adhesive. We surely recommend checking with your dentist in case you are curious about getting tooth gems.