US swimmer Ryan Lochte (photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/GettyImages via US magazine)

Rapper Nelly couldn’t do it with his chart-topping 2005 song “Grillz.” Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte couldn’t do it this summer with his star-spangled smile. What’s it going to take to take the grill—aka “dental jewelry” or “cosmetic dental apparatuses” in Wikipedia-speak—into the mainstream? Perhaps a volume button.


Aisen Caro Chacin, an MFA student in the Design and Technology program at Parsons School of Design, embedded the electronics from an MP3 player, an amplifier circuit, and a motor into a wax mold of her upper mouth” to create an MP3 player you wear in your mouth and control with your tongue.


As dental jewelry goes, it looks good—at least while you’re wearing it. It looks a bit gross when you take it out, like your sister’s retainer resting next to her dinner plate.

The Play-a-Grill

The best part? The name. Chacin calls it the “Play-A-Grill.


Published Nov. 2, 2012 at ApparelNews.net