According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2012, Americans will spend about $110 billion dollars on dental care expenses. More than likely, a large percentage of this money will be spent on cosmetic dentistry procedures which are available for patients who want to improve the look of their smile. Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include teeth whitening, smile makeovers, and smile straightening through the use of traditional or clear braces.
With these numbers in mind, it’s clear that Americans hold flawless smiles in high value. But thousands of smiles away in Japan, the general population is at the entirely other end of the spectrum; in fact, the newest fad to hit the country involves dental procedures that disarrange the teeth to make them appear less perfect.
Known as “yaeba,” the procedure makes the teeth appear to be misaligned and disarranged. In the Japanese culture, tooth-overcrowding is attractive to men. When a woman undergoes yaeba, none of her natural teeth are harmed in any way. Instead, dentists put a plastic front on the patient’s real teeth to create a flawed smile. To many in Japanese society, a perfect smile makes a woman come off as unapproachable, while a disarranged smile does just the opposite.
While we all strive for perfection, in some cultures perfection obviously is not ideal. Though this fad has become the new “to-do” in Japan, it’s not likely to become popular in the United States, where Americans tend to prefer flashing an eye-catching and aesthetic smile not only to appear more attractive to others, but to improve self-esteem.
If you’re looking to restore or revamp your smile, be sure to call Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins at 509-532-1111 in Spokane or 509-927-2273 in Spokane Valley, to schedule an appointment to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer. Celebrate and enjoy your smile today by calling or emailing us to set up a consultation.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-532-1111