While the trend of having teeth that are 100% perfect has died down a bit in the US. Meanwhile, in Japan, some are choosing to have a more fang-like look. The look has been dubbed “yaeba” in Japanese, which is the English equivalent of snaggleteeth. The style has lead young females straight into dentist chairs asking for crooked smiles, due to pieces of plastic attached to their teeth.
“The gapped tooth is sort of preorthodontic or early development, and the naturally occurring yaeba is because of delayed baby teeth or a mouth that’s too small,” Pace University’s Dr. Emilie Zaslow informed the New York Times, explaining, “It’s this kind of emphasis on youth and the sexualization of young girls.”
Many American stars, such as Kirsten Dunst, really embrace and love their imperfect teeth. Kirsten even admitted to Elle UK, “I love my snaggle fangs…they give me character and character is sexy.” Yet another star on this list is Heidi Klum, who said that one of the reasons why she loves the ad for her fragrance, Shine, is because “my snaggletooth is coming out a little bit.”
Whether the “yaeba” trend stays popular or dies out, there’s always the other Japanese tooth fad: tooth tattooing.