Move over, bagelhead, the snaggletooth is Japan’s newest cosmetic trend

TYB48 famous for snaggletooth?

The girls of TYB48, a musical duo in Japan, are gaining local recognition for their debut album “Mind if I Bite?”  But that’s nothing compared with the global press they are getting for a certain physical characteristic: Both girls have snaggleteeth — and replicating the look is the newest cosmetic trend in their country.

In 2011, a dental procedure to attach plastic pieces to the front of teeth to achieve a snaggletooth first made headlines. Since then, an increasing number of women in Japan have paid about $400 dollars for the snaggletooth, or “yaeba,” look.

yaebaTaro Masouka, the creator of the procedure, said during an interview with Japan Today that the look gives patients an “impish beauty” that is considered “endearingly attractive” to men. It is most popular among teens and 20-somethings — in fact, Masouka offers discounted rates to middle school and high school students.

Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the cosmetic procedure, Masouka formed the TYB48 group.

“A lot of my patients are fashion-conscious and very cute,” Masouka said. “I wanted to find some way to take advantage of this, so I formed TYB48.”

Although the group hasn’t gained too much musical popularity yet, their snaggleteeth certainly have. Could the procedure ever gain similar levels of popularity in the U.S.? Doubtful.

The yaeba trend emphasizes adolescent-like youth. Although this is extremely desirable in Japan, Western cultures tend to promote more womanly features. For that reason, it’s hard to imagine that the reverse dental procedure will ever catch on over here.

Also remember that Japan is the country that introduced bagel-shaped saline injections on the forehead. Gotta give them credit for the forward-thinking cosmetic procedures!

Top picture from the TYB48 fan page.

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  • Lia

    ????? what?

  • amy

    Stupid is what it is.

  • Jenn

    The fact that they want their women to look like teenagers their entire lives is so damn creepy. The doll look-alike and 15 year old girl outfits hopefully NEVER make it over here.

  • Gosh my teeth looked just like that before my parents spent 5k on braces! I should have just moved to Japan I guess.

  • No offence is meant by this at all but I think Japanese people are more likely to do things like this to make themselves stand out. Most Japanese people have similar features unlike in other places like the US where you will find tons of different looking people. It is totally gross and creepy how they feed into the pedophilia culture though. If a man ever wanted me to look or act like a child/teenager I would run, not walk, the other way. Sick.

    • Jenn

      Yeah the pedophilia obsession over there is scary and should never be questioned if it will make its way over here. They may not be hunting down children to sleep with, but they want their women to remain looking underage because they think it is sexy. Anyone who thinks looking like a kid is sexy has some issues going on that they need to fix.

  • No

    This isn’t a new trend at all actually. This has been a trend over there for years.