Dr. Cartrise Austin and rap star Cardi B
If you’re a fan of hip-hop music then you’ve probably heard of Cardi B. The Bronx rapper gained popularity from her hilarious 60-second Instagram videos where she talked about everything from fashion to stripping.
While Cardi may have initially started out as a social media celebrity, the reality star managed to transform her talents and significant fan base into something even more historical: topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Not since Lauryn Hill’s ‘Doo Wop (That THing)’ record in 1998 has another female rapper earned the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 Chart without a feature or any other accompanying act.
But while Cardi’s success has resonated with many across the world, there is one person in particular who is also profiting off the hit single ‘Bodak Yellow.’ Those who have been following the rapper since her humble beginnings know she received a smile transformation last year, which she references in her song. Since Cardi uttered the lines, “Got a bag and fixed my teeth. Hope you hoes know it ain’t cheap,” her dentist, Dr. Catrise Austin, says her business has ‘tripled.’
“Just this week I’ve gotten so many calls because people actually wonder who is Cardi B’s dentist,” Dr. Austin said in a video published on TMZ. “I have seen so many types of people from college students to the retired police officers. These are people who have been wanting to do smiles, but Cardi B has totally inspired a lot of people to improve their smiles, which really changes your life.”
Take note though, a set of Cardi teeth are not cheap. Check out the recent findings of BET producer Danielle Prescod:
I called up Dr. Austin and she was kind enough to have myself and two other BET.com editors come in for a complimentary consultation to see what we could have fixed. Before our appointment I sent her headshots showcasing our best toothy grins so she could digitally create our “afters” and we could see the difference.
We arrived to her office located in the heart of 57th Street’s “Billionaire’s Row” and saw the autographed photos by everyone from Anthony Anderson to A$AP Rockycovering every inch of the walls. Just off of the walls of celeb clientele alone I knew we were in the presence of dentistry royalty, never mind that she was voted “Top 25 Women in Dentistry” in 2015. We each took turns discussing our concerns and while Dr. Austin hit us with the facts on veneers, bonding, tooth shape and more. Yes, you can request to have you’re pearly whites shaped like Kelly Rowland’s if that’s what your heart desires.
What I found out next shocked me. Dr. Austin explained I have a crooked smile and would need 10 veneers on the top row and another 10 on the bottom row to correct this—20 total. At $2K per veneer, I was looking a whopping $40K! She always recommends whitening, which runs for about $500 but since I’d be putting down a payment equivalent to what one would put down on a home, she threw me a freebie.