Even the oddest of the odd fashion from decades seem to always find a way to return. After all, it’s just a cycle. That includes grillz. Yes, dental braces or dental bling. You’ve likely seen loads of celebrities wearing them lately, from Justin Bieber to Lil Yachty and more. What may be surprising to you is that this exceptional fashion accessory comes with a rather flavorful history. Care to learn more?
If you look up to Kylie Jenner as the queen of attention grabbers, you’ll be stupefied by the lengths Etruscan women went to, all in the name of fashion. History tells us that rich Etruscan females opted to go toothless so they could put in a gold band appliance in their mouths, in what looks like be earliest application of grillz. The only purpose for this is to indicate their high status and nothing else. Read on to learn more about this fascinating part of our fashion past.
The Mayans from 300 AD to 900 AD also had their romance with grillz, but instead of using gold, they went for jade. The royals would have upper teeth fitted with the round, translucent and lightweight gems in different hues. As with the Etruscans, dental bling among the Mayans was exclusive to the elite. A big difference, however, is that Mayans used jade not only to show their high status, but also as a symbol of obligation. The royals donned dental bling to send a message about protecting their people. Just by reading a few history books, whether online or traditionally, you will learn more about the role of grillz among the Mayans.
In the Philippines, sometime in 1300 AD, people filed and blackened their teeth on purpose and used a lot of gold as dental adornments. Filipinos usually created holes in their teeth where gold pegs were inserted.
If you’re itching to learn more, Filipinos also loved to wear gold caps and plates or a gold wrap around their teeth. Back then, these dental blings were known as gold fronts. In the 1970s, gold fronts were considered as a fashion statement by New York natives. A decade later, grillz started appearing in music videos.
Fast forward to the present, you’ve likely heard about the most expensive grillz ever known to man – that sinful set of 160 diamonds set in 10 grams of 24-carat gold, priced at almost $153,000!Moving forward, you’ve likely heard about the world priciest grillz to date – a supremely decadent set of 160 diamonds in 10 grams of gold purity, with a price of nearly $153,000! No need for tooth driling or filling – just visit this Dubai dentist twice at his office and let the cash roll in. But don’t cry – if you don’t have that kind of cash, you do have cheaper options.
Heard about simulated diamond teeth? An unbeatable version of the real deal, this is just as flashy and sparkling, but without the cripplingly expensive price tag. As to the gold pegs, they can be shaped as simple gold dots or as intricate as bead patterns. Learn more about this more reasonable option by searching online.