Katy Perry GrillAt the 2013 MTV VMA’s Katy Perry sported some sparkling bling in her mouth… known as grills or grillz. Perry’s mouthpiece was made of diamonds worth thousands of dollars. The pop star made a special request to Paul Wall, known as The Ice Man who designs grills for celebrities. Perry wanted her mouthpiece to spell out the word “ROAR” to surprise the live audience. That’s the name of her new hit single. MTV VMA vet, Madonna, has also been showing off her gold grill everywhere the camera seems to be lately. It’s a trend that keeps coming back. But, are they bad for your teeth?

Many grills are removable but, some people who sport the look have had their teeth altered with gold crowns to permanently resemble a grill. According to the American Dental Association, there are no current studies showing that grills are harmful to your mouth. On the same note… there are no studies that show that their long-term wear is safe, either. Some grills are made of non-precious madonna grillmetals which may cause irritation or metal-allergic reactions. If you already wear a grill, you should remove it before eating, as food can get stuck inside the crevices of the mouthpiece. The grill should be cleaned daily to remove bacteria as well as the food debris. Do not use jewelry cleaners or any products that are dangerous to ingest.

If you are considering getting a dental grill, please contact us first. The Dental Partners of 5th Avenue are here to help you. Before you make a decision to purchase one… please find out exactly what materials the grill is made of. Grills might be trendy in 2013, but “pearly whites” never seem to go out of style.