Body art is expanding into fresh territories with tattoo lovers flaunting iconic images, designs of their choice and even colourful jewellery on their teeth!
Pearly white teeth seem passe as the almost a decade old fashion statement seems to be the latest fad to capture the fancy of hip, ready to experiment youngsters across the country.
"Dental tattoos are not a new thing with rappers and hip-hop singers of the west sporting them in music videos around 8 to 10 years ago and youngsters started to ape them," says Mumbai based dental surgeon Ranganatha Rao K Jingade.
"In India, however, the trend has been in vogue for the last couple of years," he says. Images of film stars, animal shapes, cupid with a heart and arrow as well as glittering stars, geometric and tribal designs are usually picked by youngsters who are willing to shell out a few thousand bucks to ensure their toothy grins stand out.
Cosmetologist Hetal Turakhia, who runs dental care centres in Mumbai, Goa and Pune, says more people are now displaying interest in getting coloured stones and real diamonds on their teeth while others opt to ink their teeth.
"Tooth jewellery is not meant for a great smile or for showing off. It is a very individual thing. People get it done because they wish to. Tooth tattoos are done on the dental caps and not on the real tooth itself," says Turakhia.