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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)
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?
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.
lovegahora 20th-Apr-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
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