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New Bad Teeth Fashion from Japan Reaches America

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Yaeba-tastic: Child-like, crooked smiles are a hot trend in Japan, where the looked is known as 'yaeba'

Perfect teeth – white, straight and evenly aligned – may be the ideal in America, but that aesthetic is not for everyone.

Japanese women are going gaga for a crowded, crooked-toothed smile with accentuated canine teeth, known as the ‘yaeba’ look.

Popular at dentists in Tokyo, a cosmetic procedure to create the yaeba effect involves attaching non-permanent adhesive mini-fangs to canine teeth.

Yaeba, meaning ‘double tooth,’ is a sought-after treatment at Dental Salon Plaisir in Tokyu’s upmarket Ginza neighbourhood, where, perhaps in response to Twilight fans, Dr Kashiyama has been ‘pushing’ the $390 alteration, according to InventorSpot.com.

Far from the usual blood-lusting connotations of vampires, the sharp-canined look is an attempt at making a smile more child-like, replicating the odd alignment of smiles that are affected by delayed baby teeth.

The look – frothed about on blogs, Facebook fan pages and on Japanese TV – is seen as adding a well-calculated dash of imperfection to a pretty face, adding to a woman’s desirability.

'Cute' fangs: Facebook fan pages are filled with photos of proud Yaeba devotees

Essentially, says the New York Times, the look is about a desire to appear younger.

Pace University’s Dr Emilie Zaslow, assistant professor of communication studies, told the newspaper: ‘The naturally occurring yaeba is because of delayed baby teeth, or a mouth that’s too small.

‘It’s this kind of emphasis on youth and the sexualization of young girls.’

The trend follows the Western fondness of late for the gap-toothed smile – also a ‘young’ dental look.

Made popular by the likes of models Lara Stone, Georgia Jagger and Jessica Hart, the Madonna-style grin became a requested look at New York salons last year.

Dr Marc Lowenberg, a cosmetic dentist in Manhattan, told the New York Times in 2010: ‘The white standard got too white. The perfection standard got too perfect.’

Vincent Devaud, a ceramist from Pasadena in California, added: ‘What makes a person desirable and attractive? It’s not the symmetry; it’s perfect imperfections.’

Kirsten Dunst would surely agree. The actress told Elle UK that is very fond of her ‘snaggleteeth.’

‘I love my snaggle fangs,’ she said. ‘They give me character and character is sexy.’ Yaeba sites have latched on to her look, celebrating its crookedness.

There is, of course, the danger that by aiming to be unusual, eccentricity becomes mainstream – and that whimsical ‘imperfection’ is all about pandering to be more perfect.


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6 Responses to " New Bad Teeth Fashion from Japan Reaches America "

  1. skreamer says:

    You can always just grab her head and open your beer with her bottle opener teeth!
    So handy cause there’s so many Japanese people all over the place, we wont need to make twist tops anymore!
    The truth is the radiation from Fukushima has had a X-men type effect on her and she has become the human bottle opener!
    Be so funny when wolverine opens his beer using her mouth!

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  2. mike says:

    fucking gook nips..nuke them again

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    • Lilly says:

      Mike, you’re sick. Get some help.

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    • skreamer says:

      but they just nuked themselves at fukushima…..and its upsetting the fish!…so please dont fucking nuke em again mike! or our hair will start falling out!

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  3. LizzeL says:

    i honestly dnt care about there teeth becuz its there teeth n not mine,but really? if ur teeth r jus fine n u werent born with ‘snaggle tooth’ y would u ruin ur teeth jus 2 copy others or follow trend,i really dislike ppl who get sumthing or do sumthing jus becuz they think every1 else is doin it!!u need 2 think n do what u want for urself not copy other ppl like a freaking clone! if every1 looked the same/acted the same/had the same things tht would be stupid!life would be boring as hell living as clones. ‘What makes a person desirable and attractive? It’s not the symmetry; it’s perfect imperfections.’n theese teeth rnt ‘perfect imperfections’becuz they alterd there teeth with surgery!they didnt hav them naturaly like sum ppl..

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  4. STFU says:

    I don’t think this is worth to be complain at yer’ twat. Hey author, how about STFU, they didn’t pay it using your money so stop being a WORLD CLASS COMPLAINER and STFU !!!

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