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How Smiles Became Expensive

No matter how odd or weird or questionable, fashions from long ago never cease to find their way back. At the end of the day, it’s just a cycle. Such as the cycle of 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 you may find surprising is that behind this quite accidental fashion accessory is a rich and colorful history. Care to learn more?

If you love Kylie Jenner for her expertise in capturing attention, you’ll definitely adore how far Etruscan women went for fashion’s sake. Back in history, rich Etruscan females had their front teeth intentionally pulled out so they could be fitted with a gold band appliance – the earliest form 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 (300 AD – 900 AD) also had their generation of grillz, except they used jade instead of gold. Royalties would fit their upper teeth with the round, lightweight and semi-transparent gems in various colors. 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 would drill holes in their teeth so they can slip in gold pegs.

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, natives of New York considered gold teeth as a fashion statement. 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! Forget about drilling or filling teeth – just show up twice at this Dubai dentist’s clinic and let roll in the cash. But don’t worry – if that’s too expensive for you, there are less expensive options.

Heard about simulated diamond teeth? This is a well-crafted copycat of the real deal and is as flashy-looking without the bomb price tag. As to the gold pegs, they can be shaped as simple gold dots or as intricate as bead patterns. Just by exploring the web, you can learn more about this much cheaper option.