Women in Japan are shelling out their hard earned dough to make their teeth crooked. Shocking to Americans, who think that straight, gleaming white teeth are the epitome of perfection. The Japanese however, are attracted to an imperfect look, especially Japanese men. Men in Japan find that women with crooked teeth are easier to approach, given their childlike “cute” look. The trend has been popular in Japan for years but is now gaining press internationally. Japanese celebrities with crooked teeth, instead of straightening them, flash their imperfect smile to the camera which only made the look more popular. Blogs have been dedicated to the look, and there are many dental offices specializing in the procedure.
“Yaeba” or double tooth as it is know in Japan, is performed by gluing custom made artificial teeth to the canines to lengthen them and make them stand out. The glue that is used is not permanent, so if the trend ever dies, the artificial teeth can easily be removed.
Recently, the procedure has been receiving a lot of press in the U.S. Some believe that yaeba’s popularity is a result of the over sexualization of girls. With terms like “cute” being associated with the look, many compare it to a child’s smile untouched by braces. Yaeba is a trend that is not based on imperfections or one gaining self-acceptance. Instead, women are undergoing the procedure to live up to an ideal that men have put into place. Again we are seeing an extreme trend that women are having done in order to change their appearance for men.
What do you think about yaeba? Kooky trend adopted for men’s pleasure, or a procedure to boost women’s self confidence? I’m on the fence. As with any body altering procedure, I think that it all begins with some ideal in beauty. While every country may not have the same beauty standard, women world wide all have insecurities and believe that they do no live up to these ideals. As long as people continue to hold these unattainable beauty standards high, women will continue to covet what they weren’t born with and plastic surgeons and dentists will continue to offer procedures to “fix them”.