Japanese Snaggletooth Craze Spawns Dental Procedures
I was amazed when I read an article on Yahoo Shine this morning, written by Jessica Ferri, about the young girls in Japan, spending $400.00 to create imperfect teeth. The “vampire” look procedure involves cementing exaggerated veneers onto each canine tooth, and can be temporary or permanent. It is considered beautiful and of course, giving the girls an “impish” mouth is supposedly attractive to men of that country. The article claims “the girl next door” look is popular because Japanese men feel so weak in the face of a stagnant economy and fast-shifting gender roles. Roland Kelts wrote a book entitled Japan America and he believes “a too-perfect set of teeth, or anything else, can be intimidating when your role in society is imperiled.”
Unlike here in America, where perfectly straight “chiclet” type teeth are the goal when one makes the decision to get braces, the choice to have these vampire teeth can lead to negative outcomes, such as jaw problems, tooth decay, and bacteria build-up. Physical dangers aside, what is the point of all this? To attract men? It seems like just another attempt to change your physical being, in order to find a suitable partner.
Why must we change in order to feel attractive? I understand making healthy changes through diet and exercise, and in turn, we begin to feel better about ourselves, but what is this new fad telling the girls in Japan? That if they have straight teeth men will no longer find them attractive?
The article goes on to talk about the threat of this trend coming to America. It cites a study that was conducted at the University of Texas in 2012 in which 40% of people said they wouldn’t date a person with crooked teeth, and 73% said that people with straight teeth are more trustworthy. If this study is any indication, American’s aren’t going to be lining up for this new procedure anytime soon.
I am not objecting to cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance in an effort to make yourself feel better. I object to doing it in an effort to please men. And from the information provided in this article, this is the exact reason these girls are making this change. There is no mention of it being something that the Japanese men are partaking in. I wonder what changes they make in order to attract women.