How Are Grillz Actually Made?
Do you ever see grillz and wonder how they’re made? We can understand your curiosity so we’re happy to explain the steps that most wearers go through when having their grillz made. If you don’t need all the details, here’s a brief summary:
It takes 3 main steps for us to make custom grillz. First, we get dental impressions from the customer before pouring the molds for their teeth. And then, we cast the metal, which is usually gold, using a centrifuge with the lost-wax method. Lastly, we thoroughly clean the casting material and then polish the new grillz so they have a nice shine to them. If you want to know more about the process, then just continue on reading.
The Process of Molding Custom Made Grillz
To start the process of making your custom grillz, buy a mold kit and take dental impressions of your top and bottom teeth if you are getting grillz made for both. Normally, a dentist would do this for you, but with online retailers offering to make custom grillz, people are able to get the mold kits sent to their homes and make the impressions themselves. Once that’s done, the impressions are sent to the jeweler. Since your grill is going to be made using this impression, this must be done correctly. Since we get a lot of questions on how to do this, we produced a video to show you how to mold your grillz so you get them right.
Creating Molds Of Your Teeth
Once the impressions are made, dye stone has to be poured into the impression to make the mold that your grill is to be made from. From there your impression and tray get pressed against an oscillating machine as the dye stone is being poured into the mold. This avoids the formation of air bubbles and allows the dye stone to be evenly distributed throughout the impression.
Casting Your Molds
This is when things get exciting because you now get to look at your custom grillz for the first time. At this point the mold is made into a casting that has a wax lining using one of many professional techniques. One common way is to take a thick plastic sheet and soften it onto the mold before cutting it into the desired shape. Now they need to place wax tubes on both sides of the plastic, which is where the gold will be injected. The plastic is then encased in a type of casting material and then heated up until it becomes solid. When the casting material solidifies, the plastic is removed and gold gets poured right into the casting using the wax tubes. Then the casting is placed in a centrifuge to spin the gold so that it is evenly spread and there are no air bubbles. When that process is finally completed, you will have the beginnings of your gold grill.
Cleaning And Polishing Your Custom Grillz To A Shine
Once your grill comes out of the casting, there will be some excess gold that has to be sliced off and smoothed down so everything is flush with all the other teeth on your custom made gold grill. Then, the casting material remaining has to be cleaned up and polished so that your grill has a beautiful shine. This is done with a rough wheel working the casting material so it is shaved off your grill. At this point it will look pretty dull. The final step is to polish it to a brilliant shine. Using a spinning wheel and some wax, the grillz are repeatedly polished so they shine brighter and brighter. Once the grillz are brilliantly and perfectly shined, they’re now ready to be worn!
This is the process that a Jeweler will typically go through when making a solid grill. The cost goes up when the complexity of the design and process increases when various stones and/or diamonds are being used. If you want custom-made grillz, you would normally go into a shop to speak to a specialist, giving them a detailed explanation of exactly what you want. This is a long complicated process, and this is why professionals make grillz instead of someone in a small alley shop. For these to turn out right, very specialized tools and equipment is needed, along with talented and experienced craftsmen who take a lot of pride in what they do, like us. You don’t want to settle for some cheaply done custom grillz because you will be disappointed. Get your grillz from someone you trust who has thousands of happy customers!
Summary Of How Grillz Are Made
- Make Molds – Get dental impressions made of your teeth so the molds can be poured.
- Casting – Next the material, which is usually gold, is cast in a centrifuge with the lost-wax casting method being used.
- Polishing – Finally, the casting material is cleaned up and the grillz polished to a brilliant shine.