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Japan's crooked-teeth 'Yaeba' trend: Imperfection said to add to sex appeal
New York Daily News ^ | MICHAEL WALSH

Posted on 09/27/2012 3:23:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway

In the U.S. people aim for perfectly straight dentures, but an entirely different trend has taken off in Japan. Many teenaged girls have undergone dental procedures called yaeba to elongate their canines, producing a fang-like imperfect - and some say childlike - appearance. Yaeba means "double tooth" in Japanese. The yaeba look is achieved when molars crowd the canines and push them forward. Many younger children are familiar with the schoolyard taunt "snaggletooth," which is common before orthodontics are put in place in the teen years. But numerous young Japanese women with "snaggleteeth" paid for it.

Some Japanese men reportedly find crooked teeth endearing and attractive. For others, this slight imperfection makes beautiful women more approachable, reports Oddity Central. Blogs celebrate yaeba and celebrities eagerly smile for cameras to show off their protruding canines. Girls have increasingly flocked to dental salons for yaeba. The cosmetic fad is the most sought-after procedure provided by Dental Salon Plaisir in Tokyo's Ginza district. At Dental Salon Plaisir, the dentists glue artificial canines onto the patients' real teeth. Since the salon uses temporary adhesive, the transformation is not permanent.

But not all are enamored of the trend. Michelle Phan maintains a trendy blog on beauty and fashion, in which she said that we don't need to purchase our flaws: "I've always believed that many perceived imperfections in appearance add uniqueness and personality, and actually enhance a person's beauty. But is buying our quirks through cosmetic procedures taking it to an extreme?"

Others are troubled by what they consider the phenomenon’s fixation on youth. Dr. Emilie Zaslow, an assistant professor of communications at Pace University, told The New York Times that yaeba demonstrates "the sexualization of young girls." "The gapped tooth is sort of pre-orthodontic or early development," she said, "and the naturally occurring yaeba is because of delayed baby teeth, or a mouth that's too small."


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1 posted on 09/27/2012 3:23:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve noticed this among Japanese people. Do they have orthodontics over there? I know there is more in Europe nowadays, but how about the far east?


2 posted on 09/27/2012 3:28:54 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway
Blogs celebrate yaeba

And wanking and making stuff up.. but hey. That's blogs.

3 posted on 09/27/2012 3:29:12 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: nickcarraway

How about crooked tooth guys? The article didn’t say.

I guess if it’s the naughty schoolgirl thing, it doesn’t apply to men.


4 posted on 09/27/2012 3:39:37 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Viennacon

I worked for Japanese company with Japanese people. Many of the Japanese women I worked with went to the orthodontists here a got braces here. Apparently American dentistry is far superior to Japanese dentistry.


5 posted on 09/27/2012 3:41:42 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Viennacon

I guess it goes with the donut on their forehead


6 posted on 09/27/2012 3:42:21 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
How about crooked tooth guys?


"Yeah, baby!"
7 posted on 09/27/2012 3:43:56 PM PDT by verum ago (Note to self: check the date, stupid!)
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To: nickcarraway

Black Teeth on a Geisha used to be Teh Hawtness. In Japan.

8 posted on 09/27/2012 3:44:31 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway


Dlacura-san is coming!! AIEEE!!!!
9 posted on 09/27/2012 3:54:36 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!; GeronL
>>I am beginning to think that half the people on Earth are retards

It may be significantly more than half.


10 posted on 09/27/2012 3:59:38 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: nickcarraway

Get ready for the Vampires!


11 posted on 09/27/2012 4:02:37 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: a fool in paradise

Neko?

I think that means “Cat”


12 posted on 09/27/2012 4:03:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Next is the anime cat ears.


13 posted on 09/27/2012 4:06:06 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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14 posted on 09/27/2012 4:10:46 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: nickcarraway

15 posted on 09/27/2012 4:15:27 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: a fool in paradise

When I learned about Chinese foot binding, I was like WTF?


16 posted on 09/27/2012 4:15:27 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway

Personally I like “imperfect” teeth on a woman..can’t stand those Crest ads on TV with the women with “mouthy” perfect teeth..just look fake like their seniors with their perfect teeth dentures.


17 posted on 09/27/2012 4:51:12 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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I agree. The Japanese know something about aesthetics. Perfect teeth are simply boring. There is nothing to look at, nothing special about absolute symmetry and perfection. Once you get used to the idea, you realize it is just cute, and pretty.


18 posted on 09/27/2012 5:33:00 PM PDT by cartan
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To: trailhkr1

Yep, this idea that everybody should have perfect teeth and every kid should get braces is just as retarded as the idea everybody should go to college.

Sure like college there is some cases where braces are definitely needed, but for the most part braces are just a waste of money and do much more harm than good.

Orthodontists the lowest forms of life, they should all get gonorrhea and die!


19 posted on 09/27/2012 6:44:46 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: a fool in paradise

Did she also have her finger elongated, or is she just happy to see me?


20 posted on 09/27/2012 7:41:06 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: nickcarraway

There are some awfully pedophilic elements in Japanese culture.


21 posted on 09/27/2012 8:24:04 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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