I decided to pull the ultimate '90s beauty #tbt and get a tooth gem
The past few years have seen a slew of ‘90s trends come back in style, with everything from velvet chokers to metallic lipstick returning to the spotlight. And now tooth jewelry is the latest beauty fad to have time-traveled from the era of Bill Clinton and Lisa Frank. Tooth gems consists of a tiny crystal or a 24K gold accent glued onto your tooth, and it has been catching on with some of our favorite stars. In August 2016, model Adwoa Aboah sported a bejeweled Chanel logo on her tooth for the cover of I-D. In December of the same year, Katy Perry wore a gold Nike swoosh on one of her chompers. Hailey Baldwin and Halsey followed suit, rocking their own take on the gems — double crystals and a gold star, respectively.
You can go subtle with a tiny Swarovski crystal, or simply spell out your feelings with your teeth.
There’s no drilling required, so it’s a way for you to werq some bling on your body without having to pierce anything.
The gem gets applied to your tooth using the same kind of composite orthodontists use for braces.
It can fall off on its own after a few months or even years, depending on how you care for it. If you want it taken off, you can get it removed by your dentist. Some dental offices even offer the application service. If you’re thinking of getting one, the safest way to do it is by a professional rather than use an at-home kit.
Being HG’s official beauty guinea pig, I decided to take a cue from the ‘90s and bling up my own pearly white.
I went to the masters at LA’s GBY Beauty, known also for their incredible eyelash extension services, to get the deed done. I didn’t have to do anything to prepare, but I made sure my teeth were free of any broccoli remnants. Courtney Casgraux, GBY’s co-founder, put gauze in my mouth to prop it open, then proceeded to clean my tooth. After applying the composite, the crystal was applied to my tooth and set with a UV blue curing light. The whole thing took a matter of minutes and was easy as pie. I was instructed not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes, but after that, everything was back to normal. I can eat and drink normally, and brush my teeth (including right on top of the crystal) as per usual.
I can feel the crystal on my tooth, but it’s not distracting at all. And for the curious, it hasn’t disrupted any of my everyday activities INCLUDING hot makeouts. I love that it’s kind of a hidden accessory, and you can’t tell I really have it unless I smile. Like a sparkly surprise.
I do tend to smile a little differently sometimes — a bit of a sideways smirk, like I’m unveiling the tooth. Alyssa, HG’s associate beauty editor, describes it as my “slow smile.”
If you’re in LA, you can get your own tooth gem at GBY Beauty. There are a variety of Swarovski crystals to choose from, starting at $75 while 24K gold tooth gems start at $90. Diamonds are also an option, if you’re feeling ~extra fancy~.