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Unsurprisingly, local medical experts are warning people not to get images drilled into their tooth enamel after a trend of doing so has apparently caught on in Shanghai.
Yes, tooth tattoos, or “tatteeth” (cringe), are a real thing and have been inscribed on pearly whites across the US, Japan and now China for anywhere from $75 to $200 per chomper.
The procedure has been available for the past decade, according to Complex, but residents in Shanghai are just now catching on to the trend.
Doctors, always the fun-killers, are telling them not to.
“We’ve received calls and visits from young people seeking tooth tattoos,” Xu Beihua, president of a local cosmetic hospital, told Shanghai Daily.
“Technically, it’s not difficult, but we give them a full explanation of the risks.”
While temporary tattoos are drawn or stuck on the tooth, the permanent ones are inscribed into the enamel and could possibly damage the tooth.
“We don’t encourage young people to have tooth tattoos,” said Dr Fu Fugen, director of dentistry at the hospital.
There you have it.