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Orthodontist setting Japan straight on teeth

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By Dave Hueston

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more people, especially millennials, are starting to take notice

woke up suddenly??

huuu, I heard Japanese men love crooked teeth, it is KAWAI according to them.

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Spend of millions of yen on teeth and run to the part time jobs.....

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About time.

So tired of the annoying cracks about Japanese women and their teeth.

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Orthodontist setting Japan straight on teeth

Good one, JT Editors!!

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I think it looks charming on women. If they were born with teeth a certain way, no problem.

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I dislike fangs on humans, but obviously fake coloured straight teeth are less impressive.

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in many country in Europe, Orthodontist is 100% free until 16 years old.

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Very expensive!! compare to other countries also not covered by insurance.

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"Hey, hey! No Japan Teeth 'Bashing' over here!" "You foreigners just don't understand our crooked teeth culture"

Sarcasm

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Lol! Those costs are definitely not gonna encourage people to fix there teeth.

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This is such a strange article...

Contrary to a long-held belief in Japan that "personality is more important than how one looks...

What Japan is he talking about exactly? Very few countries are more obsessed with looks than Japan.

Japanese jaws are naturally smaller than Western jaws

First of all, what is a Western jaw?

Second, NE Asians typically have wider jaws than (what I presume he means by 'western') NW Europeans. The problem is more that, the size and shape of your teeth are pre-determined by your genes and they evolve very slowly compared to the jaw. The jaw also can be affected by eating habits and your environment. Sexual selection over the last 100 years or so leaning towards more and more 'petite' and 'child-like' women being the sexual 'ideal' in Japan has put the Japanese teeth alignment in a strange position. Most Japanese people have 'shovel-type' teeth which, while normally would fit well in a typical NE Asian Jaw but because the narrow V-shape jaw line is en-vogue, such teeth cannot fit correctly in that space.

I'm all for this. Having crooked teeth may be okay in Japan (although very misaligned teeth causes a lot of dental problems beyond simply how it looks) but if Japanese people want to occupy a more cosmopolitan role in the wider world, straight(er) teeth are going to be necessary.

I knocked out a few permanent teeth in a sports related injury when I was 13 and it forced me to have 6 years of orthodontic surgery, braces, a herbst appliance, etc. It was pretty agonizing but now I have very straight and nice teeth. Like it or not, straight teeth are a crucial advantage in the wider world. I'm glad I went through it all, in the end.

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When their teeth are straight, their personalities also become brighter."

Agreed, people spend a lot of yen on other beauty treatments and education, and taking care of your teeth will bring on new opportunities and confidence. The Europeans with their free dental have the right idea.

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Japanese dentists are not trained in orthodonture because it is not part of the licensing exam, nor is it covered by national health except in cases where reconstruction is necessary. Veterinarians here get better medical training than dentists do, according to my dentist.

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Japanese dentists are pretty hopeless all around you have to go to a dozen to find a half decent one...

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This is one reason why I've always thought Japanese should try and eat most crusty and healthier bread, instead of the marshmallow here that passes off as bread. Hell, bite into a whole apple instead of peeling it and cutting it into small pieces - it's not rude!

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Start with regular flossing to get rid of halitotic breath.

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Straight teeth for the rich and ....crooked for the poor...

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@kurisupisu

Straight teeth for the rich and ....crooked for the poor...

Rich people tend to be healthier than poor people in general.

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