DROPPING MAJOR $$$$
On Diamond & Gold Mouthpieces
1/29/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
In fact, NBA star Nate Robinson is part of the “pimp your mouthpiece” movement — and recently picked up a $5,300 customized mouthguard that’s chock-full of real gold foil.
The man behind the piece is Dr. Michael Wright of “The WrightGuard” … who tells us high-end custom protection is becoming a major trend with athletes in a variety of sports … from hoops to football and boxing.
In fact, Wright says he was recently approached by a NFL star who’s playing in the Super Bowl (Wright says he can’t reveal the player’s ID) … who requested a mouthpiece with some massive diamonds flanking the front.
“The Super Bowl athlete brought his own diamonds,” Wright says … “I don’t know how many carats, but they were huge.”
Wright says his mouthpieces are just as functional as they are flossy — and says he has a special 3-layer process to make sure the gold, silver and/or diamonds are sealed in a way that it won’t harm the user.
Wright says he’s gotten some crazy requests from some of his athletes — some people want team logos others want their Twitter handles — and says team reps sometimes oversee the process to make sure the mouthpiece complies with uniform standards.
With so much customization at the pro level (mouthguards, cleats, etc) … keep an eye out for the platinum diamond-encrusted jockstrap in the future.