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Don't want to tattoo your skin? Tattoo a tooth!

A dental lab in Utah has come up with a new idea — tattooing teeth! These are really good pieces of art on little bitty spaces. Check it out ...


However, I don't think this has caught on. A web search didn't reveal any celebrities who have taken advantage of the tattooed tooth opportunity, though the idea got quite a bit of promotion about two years to 18 months ago. Here's one of the websites that promoted the tattooed teeth.


Here's how a tattooed tooth works according to "You get a prescription from your dentist, choose your artwork, and have a dental impression of the tooth made by your dentist. He or she then sends it to the In a few weeks your tooth is sent back to your dentist to install." Apparently it's easily removed "with a good grinding" from the dentist.


Why did this not catch on? Certainly sounds like something celebrities would go for. In my opinion it beats the grills. The tattoo choices displayed on the website include Elvis, Princess Diana, Abe Lincoln and David Letterman, to name a few. I'm assuming the artists can paint anyone the patient chooses.


Have you dental professionals heard of this before? Is it something you would promote? Or is it just another silly thing to ruin one's teeth? I'm just curious. Let me know your thoughts.



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Comment by Meg Kaiser on April 28, 2011 at 8:35am

To celebrate the royal wedding, a man in Britain had pics of Will and Kate tattooed on his two front teeth! Found out there's a name for tattoos on the teeth — gnasher tats. Dr. Neil Gerrard spent six painstaking hours creating the tattoos that the recipient, plumber Barmy Baz Franks, 29, is very happy with.

“I’ve done some unusual dental cosmetics in my time, but this was certainly one of the strangest,” said the dentist.

“I love the royal family and this was my way of lending my support to their big day,” said Franks.

I am filing this under "one more strange thing people do."


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