Tooth Gem Guide: Are Tooth Gems Safe? And Everything Else You Need To Know About Tooth Gems

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Are Tooth Gems Safe And Everything Else You Need To Know About Tooth Gems Tooth Gem Guide

Tooth Gem Guide: Are Tooth Gems Safe? And Everything Else You Need To Know About Tooth Gems

Tooth Gems are becoming more popular, and as their popularity increases so do the number of questions about getting Tooth Gems. That is why we put together this quick guide that will help answer all your questions about Tooth Gems, and help you learn more about the process of getting Tooth Gems. 

This Tooth Gem guide will answer these common questions:

Are Tooth Gems Safe?

What is the Tooth Gemming procedure like?

How long do Tooth Gems last?

What is proper Tooth Gem aftercare?

After reading this article you will be well on your way to becoming a Tooth Gem expert. And you will have all the information you need to decide whether or not Tooth Gems are right for you.

Are Tooth Gems Safe?

With body art of any kind, whether that's a Tattoo, Piercing, or in this case, Tooth Gems, your safety is a top priority. Thankfully, Tooth Gems, when done by a professional in a clean environment, are extremely safe, and unlike most body art, painless.

Although tooth gemming is a fairly new trend (beginning in the 90’s and currently making a comeback), Dentists around the world have been gluing objects to teeth for years. Although not as cool looking as Tooth Gems, the same technology used for braces, has laid the groundwork for safe Tooth Gemming. 

That’s right, the same dental adhesive used to fix your teeth has been repurposed to “bling them out”. However, unlike braces, Tooth Gems don’t require the addition of bands and wires cause unneeded stress on the teeth. This makes toothing gemming even safer, less abrasive, and much more comfortable than traditional braces.

Just like when you have braces, if you have Tooth Gems, you will need to take extra good care of your teeth. We will dive deeper into Tooth Gem aftercare later in this article, but don’t worry, it’s very simple, and you won't have to wear a retainer.

Are Tooth Gems Safe The Safety of Tooth Gems and How They Work

tooth gems by Nikki

What is the Tooth Gemming procedure like?

The Tooth Gem procedure is quick and simple. It  averages about 15 to 30 minutes in length, depending on the number of Tooth Gems you get, and how elaborate the design is. And, as mentioned before, the procedure is painless.

The Tooth Gem procedure begins even before your appointment, with Tooth Gem pre appointment care. Don’t worry this “homework” is easy, and you will receive a text and email with instructions (so you won’t forget), if you have your tooth gem appointment at Mr. Inkwells. 

Tooth Gem Pre Appointment Checklist:

1. Eat something. You will need to wait a few hours to eat again as the Tooth Gem sets, so put something in your belly prior to your appointment.

2. Avoid acidic drinks and foods for at least 12 hours before your tooth gem appointment, such as citrus.

3. Clean your teeth well before your appointment, that way the area is clean for the application of the tooth gem

When you arrive for your appointment your Tooth Gem Artist will go over the whole process with you, find out what type of tooth gemming you are looking for, then help you pick out the perfect gems for your tooth. Gems can be anything from simple clear crystals to elaborate gold charms, and choosing the tooth gem that is right for is all based on your individual taste.

Many Different Tooth Gem Options For Safe Tooth Gem

different tooth gem shapes, colors, and styles


Next, you’ll take a seat in one of our comfy chairs as you prepare for the Tooth Gem procedure to begin. Just like any medical or dental appointment, health and safety is our top priority. This means that the tooth gemming procedure and the procedure area is cleaned and sanitized to the highest level using industry leading cleaning processes and products.

Once you are comfortably seated, the tooth gemming artists insert a dental mouth opener / cheek retractor to hold your mouth open during the Tooth Gem procedure. Will it look a little silly? Yes. But it will lead to a safe and effective tooth gem procedure.

Getting a Tooth Gem How Safe are Tooth Gems

common dental mouth opener/cheek retractor used of tooth gem procedure


Then, your artist will prep the tooth, or teeth, for tooth gemming by drying and etching the area. Your artist will then apply the bonding agent to the etched area, followed by your chosen tooth gem being placed on the adhesive.

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etching gel used for tooth gemming procedure


Next, you will put on glasses to protect your eyes while they shine a blue light onto the adhesive and tooth gem. This blue light along with a fan, helps to cure the adhesive, and create a long lasting bond between your tooth and the tooth gem.

Safety For Tooth Gems How to Cure The Gem and Bonding Agent

blue light used to bond the tooth gem to the tooth


Finally,  your Tooth Gem Artist will clean any residue around the tooth gem, seal the bond, and remove the mouth opener.  Then they will hand you a mirror so you can take a look at your awesome new tooth gem.

Freshly New Tooth Gems How Safe are Tooth Gems

freshly applied tooth gems by Nikki


How long do Tooth Gems last?

Now that you have your new tooth gem, you are probably wondering how long it will last. The average time a tooth gem lasts is 6 months to 1 year. The time your Tooth Gem will stay attached is dependent on a number of factors. But, the most important is how you care for your new Tooth Gem immediately following your procedure. We will have more information on this in the following section about Tooth Gem Aftercare.

What if you want it removed earlier?

A tooth gem can be removed at any time, and the adhesive can be polished away. This should be done by a professional Tooth Gem Artist or Dentist. Do not attempt to remove your Tooth Gem yourself at home, this can possibly cause damage to your tooth and is not recommended.

What if my tooth gem falls off?

Don't worry, if your tooth gem falls off it can be easily reattached by your tooth gem artist. 

What is proper Tooth Gem aftercare?

After your Tooth Gem procedure, you are going to want to ensure that you follow the proper aftercare instructions to ensure your Tooth Gem sets correctly, and stays looking great as long as possible. Luckily, Tooth Gem aftercare is easy to follow.

Tooth Gem Aftercare Instructions:

1. Do not eat or drink for one hour after Tooth Gem application.

2. Avoid brushing your teeth for twelve hours after Tooth Gem application. When you do brush your teeth, do so gently on the teeth that have the Tooth Gems.

3. Avoid chewing hard food for twelve hours after Tooth Gem application. Avoid biting directly into hard foods because it may cause the Tooth Gem to come off.

4. Avoid consuming acidic drinks for twelve hours.

5. Do not pick or play with Tooth Gem with your fingers or tongue.

We hope we answered all your questions about Tooth Gems. If you have any more questions, make sure to ask them in the comment section, or you can contact us directly. Are you interested in getting some Tooth gems for yourself? Then make sure to book your appointment at Mr. Inkwells, where one of our amazing Tooth Gem Artists can bling out your smile.

See you soon!


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