Hip-hop artists don’t shy off when it comes to flaunting new appearances. From grillz to gold fronts, to diamond crowns, rappers and singers love showing off their expensive smiles. Apart from pearly whites, celebrities have been taking their smiles to a whole new level with diamond teeth implants. From rappers Post Malone, Lil Wayne, and Drake to music icons like Justine Bieber, Pink, Kanye West, and Pharrell to celebrities Kim Kardashian and Ashley Longshore, all donning a new addition to their appearances. Diamond teeth implants have been the rave for a while now, and if you're considering purchasing your own tooth jewelry, here’s everything you need to know about diamond teeth implants.
How Much Does a Diamond Tooth Implant Cost?
In June 2021, Post Malone made the news for his new million-dollar smile, which cost $1.6 million. Dr. Thomas Connelly, who refers to himself as “The Father of Diamond Dentistry,” unveiled his finished work on his client Post Malone: porcelain veneers topped off with two diamond fangs.
Dr. Connelly said, “this was the first time I've ever done something of this magnitude.” The “Rockstar” singer isn’t wearing just any diamonds. They are D flawless diamonds, which according to Dr. Connelly, “sparkles like you’ve never seen.”
The diamond teeth implants on Post Malone are meant to stay in and function like natural teeth, which means he can chew with them in. The diamonds come out to a total of around 12 carats for the pair.
However, you don’t have to spend that much. A permanent diamond teeth implant will cost you upwards of $2,000, and it is permanent. But the procedure can run between $10,000 and $15,000, depending on the number of diamonds or jewels you want.
The price will also be determined by the cut, and you’ll have the option to choose from a range of diamonds with regard to clarity and value of the stone.
How to Get a Diamond Implant
There are three methods you can get a diamond placed in or on your tooth:
Method I: Grill
This one’s the simplest and most common method, which involves a natural diamond-encrusted grill that can be slid on and off like jewelry.
Method II: Bonding
This method is usually performed at beauty salons or tattoo parlors. However, we would recommend a dentist for guaranteed safety. In this method, a stone is bonded directly to the surface of your tooth. The procedure starts by applying the bonding agent, which is immediately followed by the grilling process.
Your digital impressions will have to be sent to the lab to tweak the diamonds. Once successful, the actual application of diamonds takes place. The entire process may take around three visits to the dentist. The process isn’t painful, and the application itself is quick, taking around 20 minutes.
This method has a few drawbacks:
The stone sticks out from your tooth and may feel uncomfortable on your lip or even break off when eating.
The tooth jewel may last between six and 24 months. If you wear them longer than recommended, the bonding starts to wear off, which then wears the enamel away.
Method III: Surgical Procedures
The third method involves at least three minor surgeries to make them permanent and functional. One procedure entails creating a tiny hole into the tooth to set the stone so that it's completely flush with the tooth.
In case of tooth restoration, the dentist designs a crown that has the jewel embedded into the crown already, and then sets it onto the tooth.
Most dentists recommend teeth whitening over doing tooth diamonds as a substitute for a crown. While this is your choice, remember your tooth has to be drilled, and the process is irreversible.
Regardless of the method used, the recovery time from diamond dental implants is typically as long as it takes for the numbing agent to wear off.
According to Dr. Anjali Rajpal of Beverly Hills Dental Arts, (aka the Diamond Dentist), some clients come with the specific stones that they want to be placed. Then, she and her team will work on placing them into the restorations. She says that the hardest part is finding the right diamond for the look, and they usually go with what the client wants.
Are Diamond Implants Healthy?
Diamond dental implants need to be well taken care of. You’ll need to brush and floss well to get rid of food particles, which can cause bacteria to grow and lead to the cavity and other dental complications.
In the case of the first method, where the jewel is bonded to your tooth using a bonding adhesive, there’s the risk of them being swallowed with food. While this is rare, it can happen, especially if the adhesive used wasn’t of high quality.
Keep in mind that diamonds are the hardest known mineral and are very durable. This makes them an excellent choice for dental decoration, not to mention the sparkle they create when they catch the light.
What’s more, it's easier to maintain a full diamond tooth than a gold or embellished grill that needs to be removed and cleaned regularly.