'90s Tooth Gems Are Making a Comeback and We're Here for It

From Halsey to beauty vloggers.

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MAC's Spice lip liner and crimped strands were cool and all—but we think the most impressive beauty trend of the '90s was actually hidden from plain sight. If you wanted a "tooth gem" sighting, you'd have to get someone to *smile*.

The tongue-in-cheek accessory, which is making a comeback, consists of a small gold, silver, or crystal gem that is bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive that can keep it attached for years. Typically they're worn one at a time—like an accent nail for your teeth—but you can wear more than one, or pack 'em in, if you want. However, dentists will advise you not to try this at home as you can damage a tooth's natural enamel.

The accessory has been on the rise for a couple of years thanks to some major celebrity endorsements: Katy Perry rocked the Nike "check" logo on one of her pearly whites back in 2015, and as of January of 2017, Halsey is sporting a gold star emblazoned on one of her canines.

But it's not just pop stars getting in on the fun, thanks to pro-tooth-gem outposts—which tend to be a step up from the offerings you'll find at the dentist—many are using the tiny accents to express themselves. In fact, it was L.A. 's Tooth Kandy that gave badass model Adwoa Aboah a crystal-studded Chanel logo gem, which would eventually appear on the cover of i-D magazine.

What's more is that beauty bloggers are getting in on the action, too. Not just applying them to the teeth, but even pressing them into the lips and sealing with a gloss. And given that we're in the midst of a lip art renaissance of sorts, we're bound to see more tooth gems cropping up. So you may want to schedule a teeth cleaning and get ahead of the trend...

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.