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Weird and Wonderful Teeth

The Crooked Teeth Trend

In Japan, crooked teeth are a very hot trend. So much so, that people are going to the dentist to have their teeth made more imperfect!

A result of tooth-crowding commonly referred to as “snaggleteeth” or “fangs,” in the United States, the look is called “yaeba” in Japanese or “double tooth.” Japanese men are said to find this attractive: blogs are devoted to yaeba, celebrities display it proudly, and now some women are paying dentists to create it artificially by affixing plastic fronts to their real teeth.

“It’s not like here, where perfect, straight, picket-fence teeth are considered beautiful,” said Michelle Phan, a Vietnamese-American based in Los Angeles, who has a popular beauty blog. “In Japan, in fact, crooked teeth are actually endearing, and it shows that a girl is not perfect. And, in a way, men find that more approachable than someone who is too overly perfect.”

It remains to be seen if this trend makes it to the US, but at this point, it wouldn’t be surprising! For more on the crooked-teeth trend, check out these photos of famous beauties with imperfect pearly whites.

Woman Bites Burglar

One resident of the Cayman Islands decided to fight back when her home was targeted by a burglar. But she didn’t use any of the common household items you might expect, such as a bat, a knife, or even a big vase. Instead, she decided to use her teeth!

Police Chief Inspector Robert Scotland says the woman was home alone when she woke up to find a man standing over her bed. Scotland told The Associated Press on Friday that the woman bit the intruder when he put his hand over her mouth. He then fled. Unfortunately, it did cost her a tooth, but we can probably assume it was a price worth paying!


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