Here in America, it’s common to want to fix crooked teeth as soon as possible. But in Japan, there’s a surprising trend that actually promotes crooked teeth as a sign of impish youthfulness. Yaeba, or “double tooth,” is a practice where one’s canines are pushed up front like snaggle teeth to help them look like fangs. But how does it work and are there risks associated with such an unusual procedure?
How Does Yaeba Work?
Yaeba is a cosmetic procedure that involves temporarily adhering artificial teeth to the canines to make them look longer and pointier, almost like vampire fangs. Some people also have their existing teeth moved into crooked positions to achieve the look. Yaeba is popular in Japan because some people believe it makes women look more youthful and approachable.
What Are the Risks of Yaeba?
Purposely moving your teeth out of alignment can cause serious future damage:
- Because yaeba encourages overcrowding, it increases your risk of developing bacteria overgrowth in hard-to-clean spaces. Bacteria leads to bad breath, gingivitis, and tooth decay.
- Bacteria overgrowth can also contribute to an increased risk of overall health issues such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes complications.
- Depending on the type of adhesive used, the temporary option can damage your enamel.
- Overcrowded and misaligned teeth can throw off the natural movement of your bite and jaw, causing discomfort and/or dysfunction.
Our Orthodontic & Cosmetic Treatments
No fickle trend is ever worth the immense health risk that something like yaeba and overcrowding can cause. If you have crooked teeth, get the healthy and beautiful smile of your dreams at Toothology Dental!
Clear Aligner Therapy
We offer Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ to allow you to have the straight, functional smile you’ve always wanted without the look of metal braces. To see your smile gradually shift into place, all you have to do is wear your clear aligners every day, except for when you eat, drink anything other than water, and brush your teeth.
Veneers & Lumineers
We also offer veneers and Lumineers® made of medical-grade oorcelain and ceramic to help even out the shape, size, and color of your smile. Any chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration are easily fixed so you can have a smile that you are confident to show off.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Utilize our one-visit teeth whitening procedure or take home our custom-made whitening trays for a brighter and more youthful smile.
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If you have any questions about the risks of the yaeba practice, or want to learn more about your orthodontic and/or cosmetic dentistry options at Toothology Dental, our expert team is here to help you. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.Contact Us