These dental adornments stem from a long history. The Mayans, Etruscans and Southeast Asians historically wore gems on their teeth to signal a high social rank.
By the 1970s, gold tooth coverings were popularised in many parts of the world. The most recent interpretation of tooth gems has been popularised by celebrities like Adwoa Aboah with her Chanel logo adornment on her front tooth.
Chai Beauty London owner Anyamanee Chailom has been offering tooth gems using real Swarovski crystals and 18-karat gold or higher since 2016.
Her tooth gems last anywhere from months to years depending on the client's aftercare and lifestyle.
Similar to brackets, her gems are bonded on top of the tooth, ensuring the enamel is not damaged. They are easily removed to switch up the style whenever you like.
Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude
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