If you ever wore “railroad tracks” or a retainer as a kid, you may remember the embarrassment you felt.
You’d close your mouth when you smiled, waiting, praying, for the day your teeth would straighten out and you’d be free of your metallic prison.
Those days are so passe.
There’s a trend afoot in Hollywood, and it’s a lot more glamorous than hanging around the orthodontist’s office: grills.
But don’t you dare call grills high-end braces. They’re more like jewelry for your teeth.
“You’re seeing the prevalence of body piercings and tattoos,” says Dr. Alvaro Fernandez-Carol, a dentist whose practice is in Coral Gables. “Grills go along with that: A lot of people want to make outward statements.” Yep.
Kim Kardashian fronts the cover of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, and as she parts her lips you can detect some 14K — or is it 18K — action?
Kim’s half sister Kylie Jenner caught the wave, too. The teen reality star posted a selfie on Instagram, tugging at her lower lip revealing her latest coming of age accessory. The caption: “The spot.” Whatever that means (those tweenagers).
Katy Perry shed her good-girl image, for, um, good when she clunked around at the VMAs (top and bottom rows). Her diamond-encrusted design was a publicity move, spelling out her new single, R-o-a-r.
Rihanna also wore a set to the awards ceremony, paired with her River Island fashion line. The singer also posed memorably with a gun across her gums, posting on Twitter that she was influenced while “up watching Cocaine Cowboys.” Local filmmaker Billy Corben thanked her for the shout-out.
Despite their high cost — e.g., rapper Paul Wall has locations in both Dade and Broward counties ( grillsbypaulwall.com) where diamond-encrusted styles can cost upward of $10,000 — celebrities can’t get enough.
Some have a grill for every occasion. Miley Cyrus told Harper’s Bazaar she owns three and slips them on, depending on her mood. And we know how that changes.
Madonna usually starts trends, but now she’s following ’em. The legendary singer took to Instragram last week to announce her snazzy accessory.
“The Grilzz [sic] Are here to. Stay! So There! If you Don’t like don’t follow!”
Or if you don’t like, wait for the trend to pass, says Dr. Fernandez Carol, who says grills can scrape off precious enamel when going on and off. “I’m personally not a fan, so anyone who came to me asking for them, I would really try to talk them out of it.”