Tracing the History behind the Priciest Smiles
Even the oddest of the odd fashion from decades seem to always find a way to return. At the end of the day, it’s just a cycle. That includes grillz. Yes, grillz as in none other than dental braces or dental bling. You may have seen countless celebrities rocking them recently, such as Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, 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. 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. Nothing else is going on behind this except status flaunting. 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. Just like the Etruscans, the Mayans reserved dental bling for their upper crust. However, for the Mayans, jade did not only indicate their high status but also signified obligation. The royals donned dental bling to send a message about protecting their people. If you want to learn more about his part of Mayan history, you can always read more books and 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 often drilled holes into their teeth where they would insert gold pegs.
If you want to learn more, Filipinos also wrapped their teeth in gold or had gold caps and plates. These dental blings were called gold fronts in those times. In the 1970s, natives of New York considered gold teeth as a fashion statement. In ten years, grillz had reached music videos.
Fast forward today, you’ve probably heard about the world’s most expensive grillz – a set of 160 diamonds and 10 full grams of pure gold, with a price of over $152,000! 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 fret – if that amount of money is too much for you, there are more affordable options.
Does “simulated diamond teeth” ring a bell? 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. It’s easy to learn more about this more affordable option – just search the web for anything you want to know.