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11:43 am - 04/19/2012

World’s First Snaggletooth Girl Group

You may have heard of the recent dental trend in Japan called tsuke yaeba, where women get their canines capped to get a crooked set of chompers. If so, you might have guessed that a snaggletooth girl group couldn’t be far behind, and here they are: TYB48.

Eighteen-year-olds Nana, Mio and Rika were chosen from a field of applicants recruited by a dental clinic specializing in tsuke yaeba. Girls with crooked teeth are generally thought to be cute in Japan, and with TYB48 as fashion trendsetters, organizers hope to encourage young women not blessed with overlapping fangs to take have their teeth cosmetically altered.

The group will have their debut concert in Akihabara on April 30th, and concert goers will also be able to pick up copies of their first CD, frighteningly titled “Mind If I Bite?”

kachuusha 19th-Apr-2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
damn, if i lived in japan, i wouldn't have had to get braces and could have been an idol. but brushing was a bitch and it helped my jaw.
liime_arix 19th-Apr-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
I think if I lived there, I wouldn't have such a complex about my teeth.
kachuusha 19th-Apr-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
same, the only thing it rly helped was my confidence (because in america you have to have perfect teeth or else you're unattractive) and jaw alignment.
asweetsymphony 19th-Apr-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
If you only took better care of your teeth... just saying.

Also, what about those girls being encouraged to change their teeth just to look cute?

Edited at 2012-04-19 08:18 pm (UTC)
liime_arix 19th-Apr-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, screw you for making an assumption about my mouth without knowing me, dentist.
My jaw is too small for my teeth, that's why it's crooked. You can't realign your teeth by brushing and flossing.
asweetsymphony 19th-Apr-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I guess I was blessed with good teeth so I didn't know that can happen.
bleed_peroxide 19th-Apr-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I had to get four teeth removed in order for braces to shift around my teeth into a "perfect smile". It has nothing to do with dental hygiene, bb.
asweetsymphony 20th-Apr-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Yea. I am ignorant about those issues because luckily I never had them in my life. Sorry for the people I offended.
zombieroadtrip 21st-Apr-2012 01:13 am (UTC)
I had eight teeth removed and my mouth is still pretty crowded (though straight now, thankfully.)
coika 20th-Apr-2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Can't speak for the whole world, but I know having fluoride in the drinking water really reduces discoloration and cavity problems for children in the U.S. compared to countries like Japan that don't have that system in place.

Unfortunately in many cases crooked teach is not about dental hygiene as much as it's about the size of your mouth. I have yaeba (literally means "fangs" in Japanese) and my teeth are a little crooked even when I had no cavities growing up. It's considered adorable here, but I always felt self-conscious about it growing up in the U.S. because there are ignorant remarks like this that think it's a result of poor brushing. :(

Edited at 2012-04-20 09:58 am (UTC)
harmlessbondage 20th-Apr-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
it's not fluoridated water per se, which some people argue can have negative health effects (because you shouldn't ingest fluoride) and many communities are moving away from - japanese *toothpaste* doesn't have fluoride!

but you're right that the yaeba thing has nothing to do with hygiene, it's caused by genetics. some people have smaller jaws (i had many friends who had to have teeth pulled out so they could shift the rest of their teeth into better position.). some crowding is even caused by wisdom teeth pushing in, while some can be symptomatic of greater jaw problems (e.g. severe malocclusion, which can require seriously gruesome jaw surgery to correct. yikes!).

the problem with crooked teeth is more than just aesthetic, though. having extremely crooked teeth *can* lead to future problems with the bite as well was with tooth decay. it is more difficult to clean teeth that are not properly aligned. a little overlap here and there is fine, and you can have perfectly healthy teeth even when they are not perfectly aligned, but you will probably need to take additional care when cleaning them.

i personally don't care if you have crooked teeth. but i'm not going to lie, when i was in japan, i saw so many people with green and brown teeth, as well as many young people who already had several gold teeth to replace teeth that had deteriorated/decayed/had enormous cavities, that i forgot i was in a developed, "global economic leader " country! when i was living there, i had to have my family mail me american toothpaste. even though the domestic brands that sell toothpaste in japan - like aquafresh - don't use the same formula.

seriously, japan - the yaeba thing is cute, sure, whatever, but use some goddamn fluoride!
coika 21st-Apr-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
I may be wrong, but I've personally noticed better teeth in countries where they use fluoride drinking water... It might raise other health concerns, but teeth-wise people in those countries tend to have less discoloration and things like that.

I agree that having crooked teeth does make dental care more of a chore depending on how crooked they are. However that doesn't lead to really horrible tooth decay on its own. Those people just happen to have poor dental hygiene on top of having crooked teeth. My teeth are crooked by they aren't discolored like that. I also have my family mail me American toothpaste because the stuff here blows for the same brand, like you said. Something about the formulas in the U.S. not meeting standards in Japan... Not sure why that is.

I agree it's quite baffling seeing how aesthetics oriented Japanese are with every other part of their body and outward appearance. Sometimes I cringe when I watch celebs on TV with really discolored teeth.
asweetsymphony 20th-Apr-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yea. My beautiful teeth has made me ignorant about those kind of issues. Literally thought it was a result of people not taking their loose tooth out as a kid that made people's teeth crooked. That's what my older cousin told me anyways.
wicked_seraph 20th-Apr-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Not gonna lie, seeing you boast about your ~beautiful teeth is annoying as hell. And inb4 someone claims that I'm pressed; I have good teeth, but sitting there bragging as if it means something is foolish.

No one cares how good you think your choppers look - it's not an excuse for knowing fuck-all. Knock it off.
asweetsymphony 21st-Apr-2012 12:48 am (UTC)
I can't help it that my teeth is pretty. Also, choppers? Seriously?
zombieroadtrip 21st-Apr-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
But you can help bragging and mentioning it in every thread. Right now you basically sound like: "Oh dear, I guess I was just born with such amazing, wonderful, flawlessly-straight and perfect teeth that I did not know you crooked-teeth uggos didn't intentionally screw up your teeth when you were younger! Silly me!"
wicked_seraph 21st-Apr-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Yes, choppers. Unless there's something inherently offensive about the word, I really don't give a fuck if you don't like your ~perfect sparkly straight~ teeth being referred to as "choppers". I have choppers, you have choppers, the fucking Queen of England has choppers.

You can't help being born with good genes, nor being born (I presume) in a region that has the resources and knowledge available for good dental hygiene.

But you can help being so insufferably smug about it.
eishastan 19th-Apr-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I know some find it cute in japan and all that, but like you mentioned it helped your jaw.

Undergoing a procedure to mess with your teeth is just wrong, it would damage all of them, the jaw and even alter the underbite and overbite, that would lead to dental decay and eventually premature tooth loss.

I mean dentists, braces and more exist for a reason..
wayof_life 19th-Apr-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Erm, the procedure doesn't really "mess" the biting nor alignment of the teeth. They used some sort of ingredient/material to "glue" onto the teeth that you want to give the "messed-up" look. It's just an outer layer over your real teeth. So your teeth looks messed up, it's actually still straight on the inside and it doesn't affect your jaw, biting whatsoever.

BUT such a procedure is not good for the teeth that is "glued" on, because teeth have pores for "breathing" and such procedure basically covers all the pores up.

One of the reasons why straight teeth isn't such a craze in Japan is due to the lack of orthodontists :\ If you're born with it, alright... But to PAY to get your teeth appear messed up? It's weird 'cos it isn't cheap to undergo such procedure. I rather spend the money on something else :\
liime_arix 19th-Apr-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
So it's basically like veneers?
wayof_life 19th-Apr-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
I think so? Sounds similar to it, but articles I'd read in the past regarding such a trend didn't mention veneers so I'm not 100% sure. If not the same, it's a similar concept, minus the need to shave of your actual teeth (if talking about teeth correction).
eishastan 19th-Apr-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Ohh interesting, i thought it was something like braces but with the other effect (which could be damn painful btw) but like you say it's still not good because it's glued on and might affect the real teeth.

thanks for explaining i was totally ignorant about how the procedure actually was.
wayof_life 19th-Apr-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Oh no no, if it's something that major damage, it wouldn't cost so cheap at ¥30,000 lol But that's the price of getting "damages" up to the two fangs only, not anything beyond.

Still, I can't comprehend how people will want to do such things. Crooked teeth accepted as the standard beauty or not, if you're not born with it, don't mess with it.

IDK, I had my teeth straightened for the biting, not for the aesthetic purpose... But then again, my teeth are straight to begin with lol
eishastan 20th-Apr-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
I also got my teeth straightened for the biting, i don't have perfect teeth or anything, I actually have long fangs (but in their place) and used to have two teeth slightly overlapped, but that was the first thing that got fixed with the braces.

Some cases in Japan are just sad, there is people who can't eat or speak properly and people who can't even close their mouth...
lovegahora 20th-Apr-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
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