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Japanese Women Get Cosmetic Surgery For Crooked Teeth

  • July 15, 2014

cosmetic dentistIn the United States, local cosmetic dentists straighten thousands of patients’ teeth. They fill gaps in patients’ smiles and perform dental cosmetic surgery (when and if necessary) to help patients’ teeth appear even and relatively uniform. In Japan, that’s just weird. In fact, many Japanese women are scoping out affordable dentists to do the very opposite — or, more specifically, to help them get crooked or misaligned teeth.

What Are Japanese Woman Doing?

The trend has a pretty weird name. “Yaeba,” loosely translated as “double tooth,” entails a new Japanese fashion trend. Women pay cosmetic dentists or private dentists to give them an endearingly imperfect smile. The best smiles, according to the new Japanese trend, are crooked, imperfect, and sometimes even involve pointed canines or fang-like teeth.

“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 explains. In other words, in Japan, dental implant procedures with a 98% success rate may be used to achieve crooked teeth. (Dental implants bring in $1 billion in the U.S. alone. It will be interesting to see how this trend impacts dental implants, veneers, and other related procedures in Japan.)

Is A Crooked Smile Okay?

At least three fourths of Americans believe that a healthy smile is important in attracting the opposite sex. Of course, this trend makes it clear that the concept of beauty and what is attractive may vary. Is it healthy for Japanese women to do this? Although the answer is not entirely clear, chances are it’s not that bad. Naturally crooked teeth may indicate other problems. If patients’ teeth are straight to begin with, they do not have to worry about these concerns.

Japan is challenging traditional views of beauty –– and landing on crooked teeth and fang-like teeth as the new ideal.


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