The Perfect Smile

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As an uplifting saying goes, “a beautiful smile is your best accessory,” is a message to the world that beauty is not only skin deep, but also an attitude. To have a smile on your face, is the universal language of kindness and one of the few universal natural features of beauty. But despite this natural capability, some cultures have managed to form their own idea of the perfect teeth. In the Western world today, a radiant smile would consist of porcelain white, perfectly aligned, faultless teeth. Celebrities grace this idealism on the cover magazines, movies, and advertisement. Anybody with money and a high social status is expected to have a that perfect smile to go along with their image, so this idealism of perfect teeth has become a standard trait of beauty in the Western culture and one the majority of the world shares.

Meanwhile in Japan, a new style has emerged where women are paying to have their perfect teeth disarranged. It is said to be more attractive to Japanese men because it is viewed as endearing, and shows that a girl is not perfect, therefore making them more approachable. This new trend (also known as “tooth crowding”  in the U.S) is called “yaeba” in Japanese. It makes you wonder that women must be pretty darn perfect over there, or very appearance-conscious to make an such a un-Westerny alteration. Giving a whole new meaning to “imperfections are what make us beautiful”, the perfect smile in Japan at the moment, is one of imperfection.

In a tribe in Indonesia, chiseled, sharp pointy teeth are seen as beautiful. Women will undergo this painful procedure not only for social acceptance and beauty, but also because they believe that it maintains balance in the body and soul. Only done with man-made tools by the tribe,  no anesthetics are used to dull the pain except green banana to bite on.

 

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