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Hip hop jewelry got its start during the 1970s when popular artists and celebrities started using gold chains, rings, and earrings as status symbols. This jewelry style quickly became popular throughout hip hop culture and is now part of everyday urban fashion. 

Grills also got their start through hip hop, popularized by artists like Slick Rick, Just Ice, Big Daddy Kane, and Flavor Flav in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Grills quickly became a go-to hip hop accessory and are still used today as a way to express your personality and add some extra bling into your ensemble.

All About Gold Grills

Grills, also called “grillz” or “fronts,” are a type of jewelry you wear in your mouth, over your teeth. Most grills cover your teeth entirely, but some grills are designed only to cover the spaces between your teeth. They’re made from a variety of metals; however, solid gold is the most popular. They’re sometimes encrusted with diamonds or other precious gemstones. 

Gold grills are available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and mixed gold colors, so you can find the best option to pair with your other jewelry and outfits. 

Separate grills are made for your top and bottom teeth. You can choose to only wear a grill on your top or bottom teeth or have a set of grills to cover both sets of teeth. Grills are made using custom dental molds to fit around your teeth perfectly. Dental mold kits are also available for you to take impressions of your mouth on your own. 

Your dental mold is sent to the jeweler so they can make your grill. The grills are designed using the shape and size of your teeth and mouth, so they are comfortable to wear and won’t cause abrasions to the soft tissue inside your mouth. 

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How Much Does a Gold Grill Cost?

The cost of your grill depends on the quality of the metal you choose if you include diamonds or other gemstones, and how many teeth your grill covers. 10k gold grills are less expensive than 14k gold grills, and costs also increase the more gemstones you add. 

A grill for your top teeth tends to cost more than one for your bottom teeth, and a pair of grills are more expensive than just buying one. You can find grills in different sizes, from smaller 4-teeth grills up to 10-teeth grills, with prices increasing as more teeth are covered.

The regular price of a gold grill that covers your teeth starts around $1,000 and can rise to over $10,000 depending on the size, quality of the metal, and the number of gemstones used.

Grills that only cover space between your teeth are a less expensive alternative, starting at just under $500. This style of grill contains more diamonds and gemstones to amp up the bling since they’re less noticeable than a full-coverage grill. 

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Are Grills Safe for Your Teeth?

Grills are removable, and wearing them won’t damage your teeth. If you regularly wear a grill, there are steps you can take to keep your mouth and teeth healthier. Never eat food while wearing your grill, and make sure to brush and floss your teeth before and after wearing a grill. 

Clean your grill after wearing it with soap, water, and a soft cloth to prevent bacterial growth and unpleasant odors. Avoid using jewelry cleaners because they contain ingredients you don’t want your mouth absorbing the next time you wear your grill. If your grill starts causing irritation or discomfort in your mouth, reduce the amount of time you wear it.  

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Styling Your Grill

Grills flashy designs are perfect for adding extra bling to your outfit or making a bold fashion statement. You can wear your grill with any outfit and pair it with other jewelry for a great hip-hop look. 

Go for a cohesive style by matching your jewelry’s color or metal type, or mix your metals and colors for a more modern take. Complete your look by pairing your grill with a thick 14k gold chain, like a Cuban link chain. Thicker chains help balance the look of your grill.

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Add Swagger to Your Street Style  

Frost NYC is the ultimate place to shop for all your hip hop jewelry. We’ve been designing high-quality pieces for over 30 years. Our custom-made chains, rings, and grills add swagger to your street style and get you noticed for all the right reasons.

November 30, 2021

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