Twinkling Teeth Are A Thing + Here's Everything You Need To Know About Them
Always one to embrace the glittery-est trends known to humankind, I have long been searching for more ways to incorporate extra pizzazz into my look, which has led to an embarrassingly large stash of glimmering makeup products.
So imagine my delight when I recently discovered Sweden-based dental jewelry company Twinkles, which has been selling glistening tooth accessories to US clients for quite a few years now.
Curious to learn more, I chatted with Twinkles owner Lotta Loberg who filled me in on everything anyone could possibly want to know about dental jewelry.
What does the installation process entail?
The procedure is similar to bonding an ortho bracket and usually takes five minutes or less. The tooth is etched in an area a little larger than the gem to be placed. Then bonding is applied and a small amount of flowable composite is dabbed on top. The gem is placed in the flow and light-cured into place.
How long do Twinkles stay put?
It depends on a few factors, of course, but one that is applied with a bonding procedure using etch, bond and flow would last several years, or until it is polished off. I've encountered people who have had their gem for a decade.
That said, they typically recommend that clinics give a six month warranty on their work so that clients are happy with their results and we actually guarantee the diamond setting for three years.
Is removal a difficult process?
Not at all! They are removed like an ortho bracket and the composite is polished off. There is no visible trace of the gem on the tooth after it is uninstalled.
How expensive is installation and removal?
Often dentists have a price per minute and/or procedure and it is up to the individual dentist to set the price. Twinkles are sold to dental professionals at a discount but the patients can also purchase the gem and bring it to the dentist. The price of the gem is between $25-$60, depending on the model.
What a time to be alive, right?