Japanese women are now challenging the best cosmetic dentists to reshape their teeth –- and and in some surprising ways. Unlike American men and women who typically favor straight, even, and uniform teeth, Japanese women want misaligned teeth — and some are even asking cosmetic dental clinics for pointier canines, too.
Why Do Japanese Women Want Crooked Teeth?
“Yaeba” teeth, or slightly misaligned teeth with prominent and often pointed canines, are all the rage in Japan. Why? The answer to that question is not entirely clear. “Japanese men are said to find this attractive: blogs are devoted to yaeba, celebrities display it proudly, and now some women are paying dentists to create it artificially by affixing plastic fronts to their real teeth,” The New York Times writes.
Is There A Troubling Association With Children? (Is This Trend Sexualizing Japan’s Youth?)
In the U.S., only 10% of dentist perform cosmetic dental implants and related cosmetic dental procedures. Eighty percent of American teenagers, on the other hand, are undergoing some kind of teeth straightening or other orthodontic treatment. The popularity of yaeba teeth is likely to significantly tweak these numbers in Japan. Some, however, suggest this fashion trend is not as innocent as it may seem. Critics believe yaeba teeth are notably youthful — and therefore sexualizing youth. Is there any merit to these claims?
A famous Japanese doctor says no. “Crooked teeth, and in particular the prominent canines associated with yaeba, are almost certainly a signal of being post-puberty. After all, you must have most or all of your adult teeth in for them to be so crowded,” she explains to The Huffington Post.
An overwhelming 96% of people believe that an attractive smile is the key to attracting the opposite sex. In Japan, yaeba teeth and the best cosmetic dentists are redefining what it means to have an attractive smile.
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