, A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

The smile decor of the moment is pared-back metalwork, colorful stones, and a royal air — mingled with tradition. If Plein peddles in gold, Johnny Dang of Houston trades almost exclusively in diamonds — Dang met the rapper Paul Wall working in his family’s jewelry repair shop and the two went into the lucrative business of chandelier-style mouthpieces. In New York, Helen Harris, or @helenwiththegoldteeth, corners the model market, with sculptural, often understated caps and sets. 

Ahead, three models with their own signature, bedazzled smiles share the stories behind their dental accessories. 

Chloé Véro

, A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

To create a similar makeup look: Eye Shadow in Mint Condition and Lipglass in Spite by MAC.

, A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

Born in Queens, Véro moved to South Florida at 10 and yearned to return to her birthplace. She signed with a modeling agency in New York after contacting them through a submission portal. “I sent some pictures that I took on my MacBook. And this one fire selfie that I took in a dressing
room,” she recalls. An hour later, they replied, asking for a meeting. Lately, the 26-year-old has smiled for the camera wearing jewelry crafted by Harris: a trio of floating diamond, solid gold, and silhouetted gold caps (all are removable). “Especially being Caribbean, something about gold just fits,” Véro says.

Solange van Doorn

, A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

To create a similar makeup look: MicroLiner Ink in Yellow, LipLiner InkDuo in Magenta, and VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in Pixel Pink by Shiseido.

, A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

The model remembers when she knew she wanted grills — it was after she heard the song “Grillz” by Nelly, which had a video she used to play on a loop growing up in New York City. “I told myself when I was older and made my own money I’d invest in some,” she says. More than a few modeling paychecks later (thank you, Kim’s Skims, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty, Victoria’s, well, Victoria’s Secret), the 23-year-old did just that. Helen Harris crafted her a set of open windows in gold for the bottom and dueling statement gems on top. They bring daily joy to van Doorn’s innermost preteen: “My grills make little Solange happy.”

Alicia Drayton

, A Brief History of Teeth Jewels

To create a similar makeup look: Powerchrome Loose Eye Pigment in Castaway and High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Ocean Drive by Nars.

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