for dentists in New York for forty years. I came to California five years
ago, and I found a dentist who is honest and compassionate. I referred a
number of patients to him, and they feel the same way. I feel fortunate
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E.S., Mountain View
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The use of "tooth
jewelry" can be placed on a tooth without cutting into the natural
tooth structure. Costume "diamonds" or real diamonds can be
placed on the tooth surface. The cut glass of costume diamonds have
a flat base and a real diamond needs to be wide and flat NOT tall.
1. Brush teeth.
2. Pick which tooth and the location on the tooth that you would like
placement of the jewel.
3. Check bite for any interference (cross bite, end to end bite, etc.).
4. Isolate area ( with cotton roll ) to keep it dry from saliva, hands,
gloves, powder, oils, etc.
5. ** Etch entire surface of tooth, including incisal edge, for 10 seconds,
DO NOT RUB.
ENTIRE TOOTH MUST BE ETCHED. DO NOT PUT ANY SEALANT ON ANY UNETCHED
6. Rinse and dry, keeping tooth isolated with cotton roll.
7. Reapply the etching for 10 seconds, then blot, DO NOT RUB. This is
for the best bond.
NOTE: ETCHED AREA SHOULD APPEAR FROSTY WHITE.
8. Rinse and dry, keeping tooth isolated with cotton roll.
9. Must re-etch if contaminated by saliva, etc.
10. Apply a thin layer of sealant to etched area, and light cure 10-20
11. Apply sealant to back of mounted diamond and onto tooth. Place diamond.
12. Before curing, position the diamond in the desired location, positioning
for best light reflection and maximum sparkle when the patient is facing
13. Light cure for 20 seconds.
14. Add thin layers of sealant around the diamond to make the surface
smooth. Light cure for 10
seconds after applying each layer. After filling in around the diamond
add at least 3 layers of
sealant over the entire tooth surface and the diamond, curing after
15. Finish with a final light cure for 30 seconds, then rinse.
16. Keep smiling and show off your tooth gem.
17. There is absolutely no noticeable sensation. One or two days and
it feels natural again.
This finished product will last for about two to four years!
It is important, that you the patient, know that this procedure is not
When the "phase" is over, simply polish off the composite
in the exact same way brackets are removed.
Glitzy Tooth Jewelry Goes Mainstream?
Glitzy grills, embedded with diamonds and other gemstones,
have been embraced as tooth jewelry by hip-hop stars. As the music produced
by hip-hop and rappers has gone mainstream, so has the trend of jewelry
coated teeth become part of the urban culture they represent.