Cosmetic Dentistry Trends: Who Else Wants Child-like Crooked Teeth on Purpose?

Japanese Girls with Crooked Teeth as shown on YouTube

Japanese girls with crooked teeth as shown on YouTube

The Internet is abuzz with the latest apparent cosmetic dental trend in Japan called Yaeba, where teeth are purposely made crooked so women appear more child-like.

This popular Japanese cosmetic dentistry procedure involves attaching non-permanent adhesive mini-fangs to canine teeth.

Yaeba means double tooth in Japanese and is a sought-after treatment at upscale dental salons in Tokyu’s Ginza neighborhood, where women have been flocking to have this dental procedure, according to

Dentists attribute this trend to an obsession with the Twilight series — to have fang-like a vampire teeth, although others say it is an obsession to look more child-like and the sexualization of young girls.

Not everyone sees the look as bad.

A number of actors have found their “snaggletooth” look a professional advantage. Celebrity Kirsten Dunst has commented on her own “snaggleteeth” by saying, “I love my snaggle fangs. They give me character and character is sexy.”

But will this Japanese trend jump across the ocean and on to America? Will braces become a thing of the past? That seems unlikely.

Comments on websites covering this recent trend find it difficult to fathom. Melanie from the U.K. commented on The Daily Mail article, “They look awful! I can not believe people are paying to have their teeth look so bad?!!”

And the vampire culture continues to fascinate the young.

What about you? What do you think of this trend?

Read more: Japanese Cosmetic Trend for ‘Sexy’ Child-like Look Fuels Demand for Crooked Teeth

Hot Dental Patient Trend: Tiny Tooth Jewelry

hot dental trends: tooth jewelryWho could imagine that teeth jewels would be the hot dental patient fashion trend for spring 2011?

Ever since artist Kanye West showed his diamond teeth on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last October the trend for “teeeth-bling” has gone mainstream.

Here’s the video clip of Kayne talking about his new diamond teeth –

Teeth jewels are specially manufactured for dentists to be attached with a light-curing composite. They are secured to the teeth without drilling. The teeth jewels are made from precious, semi-precious or metal crystals. The jewels can stay in place from a few months to up to several years, and can easily be removed at any time by the dentist.

It is being reported that hearts and stars are the hottest teeth jewelry styles for spring 2011.

Do you have many patients asking for teeth jewels? Is this a hot new trend with your younger dental patients?


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