At around age 14, I got braces to straighten my protruding incisor teeth; they looked like fangs, basically. I also had to wear rubberbands to correct my overbite. For three years, I had some form of metal in my mouth and as a result my smile is now pretty close to “perfect”; it would be closer to perfect if I had deigned to wear my retainer more.
Apparently — and don’t tell my parents, who spent thousands on orthodontics over those few years — my straight teeth are also terribly unstylish. A story in Sunday’s New York Times Style section reveals that crooked smiles are all the rage in Japan. Called “yaeba,” or “double tooth” in Japanese, if you’re not snaggle-toothed naturally — or had your snaggle corrected by orthodontics as a teenager — you can get the look cosmetically, as women are opting to have fake snaggles attached to their real teeth with glue. Consider my mind blown. Keep reading »