The artist formerly known as Kanye West has a new metallic look.

It was a headline that the Mail Online couldn’t wait to get their teeth into: ‘Kanye West has teeth REMOVED and replaced with $850K TITANIUM dentures’.

According to the outlet, the rapper, 46, proudly flashed his new titanium smile on his Instagram Stories on Wednesday.

West, who now refers to himself as Ye, followed up a selfie of his new metal gnashers with a screenshot of a Google search for the James Bond villain, Jaws.

The villain, who had a mouthful of metal, appeared in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979’s Moonraker.

West’s custom dentures were said to be “more expensive than diamonds”, according to the publication, and reportedly cost US$850,000 (NZ$1.4 million).

The report said the surgical implant is unique to West and was fitted by dentist Dr Thomas Connelly in Beverly Hills, California, alongside Naoki Hayashi, Master Dental Technician.

Connelly was quoted by the Mail Online as saying: “[Kanye] was a pleasure to work with every step of the process.

“His vision for designing unique art transcends the dental progression.”

The doctor added, “The marriage of his vision with dental science has created a new look that is epic!”

‘His teeth weren’t removed’

But, contrary to the Mail Online’s report, West hasn’t fully traded rap for heavy metal and removed his gnashers.

“He did not have his teeth removed,” Connelly, who has worked with other celebrities in the past, confirmed to Complex Magazine.

“He still has a full dentition. Healthy and happy.”

A source close to the rapper told the Washington Post that West’s procedure was “quite unlike anything that has been done before”.

“The technical term is fixed prosthodontics. They are fixed and permanent. This goes way beyond veneers or grills,” they said.

“It’s experimental dentistry to say the least,” they added.

“All that said, his teeth weren’t removed.”

West has form for altering his teeth.

in 2010, he told chatshow host Ellen DeGeneres he had replaced his entire bottom row of teeth with diamonds.

“It’s really my real teeth,” he said adding, “I just thought the diamonds were cooler”.