In Japan, Patients Are Getting a Different Sort of Dental Treatment

Here at Cosmetic Dental Associates, we take pride in our ability to provide our patients with fantastic San Antonio dental results. Our patients walk away with brilliantly white and straight teeth. That’s the type of result that Americans have come to expect, and we wouldn’t feel comfortable delivering anything less. But, hard as it may be to believe, that’s not what everyone in the world wants.

We’ve picked up on an odd trend in the dental industry over in Japan and just had to pass it along to our readers. Some dental patients in the Land of the Rising Sun are not only purposefully avoiding what we would consider corrective processes, but they are actually having work done to make their teeth look less perfect. No, that’s not a misprint. A new fad overseas known as “Tsuke-yaeba” – or “Stick-on Crooked Teeth” – involves dentists giving their customers the imperfect teeth of their dreams.

The country doesn’t have many orthodontists, but that’s only part of the reason for this seemingly odd fad that sets back Japanese people around ¥30,000 ($390). The theory behind the whole thing is that being perfectly beautiful will scare away some suitors in the country’s more introverted culture.

Stick-on Crooked Teeth are, as the name hints, temporary. The implants are glued right over the individual’s teeth and can be removed easily enough down the road. So it is at least plenty possible for anyone to reverse the procedure if they change their mind; which is good, because it seems likely that many will.

It’s a strange phenomenon, but is it any weirder than some of the passing trends our own country has gone through over the years? We’ll let you be the judge of that. And if you’re the type that desires the opposite look for your teeth, come see our San Antonio dental professionals and we’ll get to work on straightening up that beautiful smile of yours.

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