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 …where, perhaps in response to Twilight fans…
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. Essentially, says the New York Times, the look is about a desire to appear younger. 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.…read more
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