If you want to stand out with your next tattoo ideas, here are some tooth tattoo designs handpicked for you to check out.
As a gateway to the stomach, teeth are the perfect representatives of our oral health.
In addition, our teeth represent and are hugely responsible for our smile, with many choosing cosmetic dentistry to boost the self-confidence of their pearly whites. Even if the procedure at the dentist lasts several hours and is painful and time-consuming, having a perfect set of healthy teeth via tooth whitening, dental crown and implant in the dental lab remain popular choices.
What does a tooth tattoo mean? Apart from what dental knowledge says, a tooth tattoo has a different function: inking a permanent smile on the body. While your teeth might eventually wear out, tooth tattoos will be an everlasting symbol of body art. Tooth tattoos also represent meanings such as nourishment to the body with the food we chew and replenishment to our smiles. Many choose to ink teeth tattoos to create an impression of nostalgia for the milk teeth they lost as a child. And if you are bold and adventurous, you can even get your teeth tattooed. Yes, you read it right. It is possible but needs a fair bit of caution and expertise on the part of the artist.
Tattooing teeth remains cool, nevertheless. Below are some teeth tattoos that we like best.
The Finger Teeth Tattoo
This permanent and traditional tattoo is inked on the fingers and is probably the best among dental tattoos. Two molars on the back of the fingers have been tattooed with bold, black ink and intricate shading but with no background. However, the shading and gradient effect the artist pulls off to provide a 3D look is truly remarkable. This minimalistic molar tooth tattoo on the body is an ideal tattoo design to ink if you want a smaller size but a permanent tattoo with the same meaning and representation of a bigger one. You can ink in your nostalgia with a permanent tattoo inked on your body of the very first milk tooth the dentist pulled out at the dental lab!
The Teeth Tattoo on the Leg
In this tattoo, we have all the four types of teeth: canines, molars, premolars and incisors tattooed on the leg with an extra premolar. Much like the previous one, this tooth tattoo is smaller in size and a cool one to ink on the legs. The unique placement of the five loose pieces of teeth and the canine is different from the fixed set in our mouths and hence looks pretty unique than other tooth tattoos. The art of shading the teeth in these dental tattoos almost brings the teeth to life, hence the increasing popularity of this tattoo design. Your pearly whites might be temporary, but these are not.
The Teeth Ring Tattoo
This is another unique tooth tattoo and the quirkiest of all tooth tattoos we have seen so far! The dental tattoo is, amazingly, a tattoo ring inked on the opposite side of the elbows. This cool placement almost provides an aerial view of the teeth set in our mouths as the dentist could perhaps see. Featuring, again, the different types of teeth, the intense shading of the pearly whites in this tattoo is an attention-grabber. The tattoo procedure might give the skin a little momentary pain, but is sure to leave the crown in the mouth with a smile!
The Tooth Sleeve Tattoo
This minimalistic yet rich in meaning sleeve tooth tattoo represents a single loose wisdom tooth inked on the arms. Featuring a single premolar tooth tattooed with black ink, this tooth tattoo gives off a three-dimensional effect, many thanks to the amazing gradient work and the bolder, darker outlines. It is a common practice to use cosmetic dentistry to install a dental crown on top of the crooked teeth, and many a time, teeth tattoos are the perfect way to remember the teeth you had or the one that was pulled out. Unlike decals or temporary tattoos, tattooing teeth as a body art finds itself in a rare place to keep the tattooer smiling in life.
The Traditional Tooth Tattoo
This tooth tattoo is all about accepting your teeth the way they are and moving forward. The practice of visiting the dentist and dental lab has been on the rise, but many also choose to make do without an additional dental crown, decals or braces. These tooth tattoos represent the natural teeth set: this looks like a crown tattoo as well as a black tooth tattoo, and probably hinting towards a cavity and the crooked roots. However, it looks perfect as it is. It gives meaning to the natural effect of the ones actually present inside the mouth, as dentists find them. Tattooing such a traditionally dental tattoo is surely a great and unique idea from the rest of the tattoos.
The Shark Tooth Tattoo in Pairs
This is a fascinating shark tooth tattoo, small in size and inked on the wrist. One stark thing to notice here is how different the shape of the shark tooth is in comparison to the human tooth. The crown in the shark tooth is elongated with a single root now wholly visible, extending down to the gums. What does a shark tooth tattoo symbolize? Shark teeth tattoos are in fact very common among Polynesian people and often represent their gods. The shark tooth tattoos stand as a symbol of strength, ferocity, and power. This particular tattoo can also be inked on the body or in different bodies in pairs, to flaunt matching tattoos. The pair would also create a bond of strength between you and your friends or partner.
The Sweet Tooth Coloured Tattoo
Here we have a sweet tooth tattoo and the most adorable one to ink onto your skin! The multicoloured tattoo features a baby premolar tooth humanized with kawaii-like features, and a beautiful ribbon-bow serving as a cover to its “crown”, literally. Extremely detailed inkwork with shades of white and blue hues, and the shading in the bow which looks like a cake with pink cream and a frosting of edible sprinkles, this tattoo is worth the little needle pain on your body. Added to that are the little hearts in the background, right beside the teeth, with bold borders and the little sprinkles behind the tooth itself. This one has all our votes!
The Skull with Diamond Teeth Tattoo
A completely different take on tooth tattoos and dental tattoos, this detailed tattoo is a visual delight. Featuring a skull, or a skeleton head but with eyes, a goatee and a perfect set of diamond-studded whites, with each tooth beholding diamonds in all their shine. The focus of this tooth tattoo is however not on the teeth, unlike other tooth tattoos, but the teeth are nonetheless not completely obscured. Once again, intricate needlework on the tooth and crown of the canines steal the show. This tattoo also presents a great choice for customizable colours to decorate the skull’s yellow shade sunglasses, which too look diamond-studded. Art in its true sense, this one!
The Teeth inside the Perfume Bottle Tattoo
This is the prettiest and the most vintage among the tooth tattoos so far. This mysterious perfume bottle is filled with liquid potions, and behold three teeth- two molars and a premolar floating inside. The shading on each tooth and the dent in the crown, especially, is extremely detailed and the tattoo is truly the art of a professional. Not only the tooth but also the ornamental lid with the little glass ball on top, the bottle in itself and the crescent moon in the background of the bottle and the stars twinkling around the bottle are all a part of the graceful ensemble. Although inked in black, a variety of colours and their respective gradients can be used to ink this tattoo. Added to this is the way the placement of light and shade is tattooed on the skin to give off a three-dimensional effect. These tattoos are sure to climb up the popularity chart!
The Woodlock Print Teeth Tattoo
This tattoo features a tooth-set but in a fascinating woodblock print style, which makes the tooth look like a temporary tree, and its log of wood carved into the former shape. Featuring six teeth of all types, side by side, with intense detailing and shades in black needlework, this tattoo is a showstopper. Again, this would be customizable into different colours of green and brown, to give better effects on the skin. Even with no background, the design serves to stand up all by itself through this unique combination of a tree that holds onto its roots, just like a tooth would do. You definitely need these tattooed teeth to flaunt!
With so many tattoos to choose you, we have got you covered. Tattooing your canine on to the skin is a unique idea and surely different from the common tattoo designs. From now on, visits to the dentists might be full of fear, but we can assure you that inking tooth art will be a pleasure! And if you want more ideas of this art form check out the list below:
- Front teeth tattoos
- Saber-tooth tiger tattoo
- Tooth and nail tattoo
- Saber-tooth tiger skull tattoo
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