The History Behind Million Dollar Smiles
No matter how odd or weird or questionable, fashions from long ago never cease to find their way back. After all, it’s just a cycle. Such as the cycle of grillz. Yes, grillz as in dental braces or dental bling. You’ve probably seen Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner and lots more celebrities sparkling in them lately. What you may find surprising is that behind this quite accidental fashion accessory is a rich and colorful history. Want 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 of a time when wealthy Etruscan females deliberately had their front teeth extracted and replaced with a gold band appliance – the earliest appearance of grillz. The only purpose for this is to indicate their high status and nothing else. If you want to learn more about this awesome part of fashion history, keep reading.
The Mayans (300 AD – 900 AD) also had their generation of grillz, except they used jade instead of gold. Kings and queens would have upper teeth adorned with jade, particular round, clear and lightweight types in varying colors. As with the Etruscans, dental bling among the Mayans was exclusive to the elite. For the Mayans, however, jade was not only used to flaunt their status, but also to signify obligation. Dental bling worn by royals was meant to send a message about being stewards of their people. To learn more about the Mayans’ love affair with grillz, read more history books or articles.
Around 1300 AD in the Philippines, people didn’t only file and blacken their teeth, but they used a lot of gold too as dental ornaments. 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. Native New Yorkers of the 1970s thought of gold teeth as a fashion statement. In ten years, grillz had reached 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 fret – if that amount of money is too much for you, there are more affordable options.
Is “simulated diamond teeth” familiar? This is a well-crafted copycat of the real deal and is as flashy-looking without the bomb price tag. The gold pegs can go from simple gold dots to intricate fish scales. Learn more about this more reasonable option by searching online.