PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Jeffrey Burgess, DDS
, is a well-regarded retired dentist and writer. Throughout the course of his career, he has published numerous articles on topics pertaining to dentistry. Though he is retired, he is still actively involved in understanding the trends sweeping the dental field. Thus, he is issuing comment on a new article
explaining a newly popular fad among Hollywood stars.
Lately, stars such as Katy Perry, Madonna, Beyonce, and Rihanna have all been seen sporting something other than teeth when they smile. These stars and others like them are favoring grills, or decorative mouthpieces. These grills can include diamonds, gold, and unique designs to help the star show off their personality. Grills can feature pictures, logos, or simply just an ample amount of bling.
Albert Levy, manager of Brooklyn's Contessa Jewelers, designed a grill for Madonna recently. He explains, "This is jewelry. We've been doing it for all the younger generation, mainly all of the girls."
The trend is not necessarily a new one, though it is seeing a resurgence in popularity. The fad started with rapper Nelly's 2005 song called "Grillz," but the popularity of teeth bling tapered off through the years as the price of gold surged.
Rosci Diaz of Entertainment Tonight explains, "Grills were always a symbol of wealth for rappers. Now, the girls are doing it more so for fashion, whereas the fellas back in the day used to do it for status."
Paul Wall known as "The Ice Man" regularly designs grills for celebrities. He says that he obtains roughly 150 requests for grills each day on his website. This is nearly double the figure he received two years ago.
Though many teen girls typically try to hide their braces, this metallic addition to their smile is something they embrace. However, since a single solid gold cap starts at about $200, it is likely that interested consumers may have to admire from afar instead of making a purchase on their own.
Wall has earned some serious profit simply by making grills for the rich and famous. He once did $30,000 worth of work for rapper T.I., and earned even more creating a set for singer-songwriter Jill Scott. He explains that it takes a special personality type to wear this unique addition saying, "You're not going to wear a paisley dress with a grill. I don't think Taylor Swift should rock a grill."
While these pieces work for decorative purposes, it is also important to consider any impact that they have on teeth. "I see nothing inherently wrong with these pieces, as long as the wearer continues to take good care of their teeth and gums as they would normally. It is especially important to keep the mouth and the jewelry clean in order to prevent cuts, scrapes, and infection. However, as long as proper consideration is given to oral care, there is nothing wrong with decorating a smile in a unique way," concludes Jeffrey Burgess, DDS.
Jeffrey Burgess, DDS, is a retired dentist and a writer who has combined his talents to create a successful career. He has written countless articles and journal entries on topics that influence the dental field. He opened a practice called South Sound Oral Medicine in 1987. The facility served patients with oral diseases who had received a referral from dentists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals.