Tracing the History behind the Priciest Smiles
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. Like the cycle of grillz. Yes, grillz as in none other than 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. Would you like to learn more?
If you adore Kylie Jenner for her expertise as in attention grabber, you won’t believe what Etruscan ladies did for the love 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. There is no other purpose for this except as a status symbol. 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. 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. For the Mayans, however, jade was not only used to flaunt their status, but also to signify 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.
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.
It’s always nice to learn more about this part of the history of Filipinos, who loved to don caps and plates as well, or they would simply wrap all their teeth in gold. These dental blings were called gold fronts in those times. 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! 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 cry – if you don’t have that kind of cash, you do have cheaper options.
Is “simulated diamond teeth” familiar? An unbeatable version of the real deal, this is just as flashy and sparkling, but without the cripplingly expensive price tag. The gold pegs can go from simple gold dots to intricate fish scales. Just by exploring the web, you can learn more about this much cheaper option.