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Paraphila is an umbrella term used to cover the family of philias. In sexology, it is sometimes more widely used to cover atypical sexual interests or deviances. While the word paraphilia may seem alien, the philias it encompasses may seem slightly familiar. Think fetishes and unusual desires and you're on the right track!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Crooked teeth: a fetish that's not just big in Japan?

'Cute' fangs: Facebook fan pages are filled with photos of proud Yaeba devotees
Forget your pearly-white Hollywood smile! While you can never be too rich or too thin, apparently your teeth can be too white and too straight.

The latest cosmetic surgery trend from Japan is the 'Yaeba' look of a crowded mouth which 'causes' crooked teeth.This imperfectly perfect smile is created through the use of non-permanent, adhesive 'mini-fangs'.

The vampire saga Twilight has played a huge role in the rise of this practice, but according to one researcher, this dental fetish is about our obsession with youth. Asst Professor Emilie Zaslow of Pace University explains that Yaeba occurs naturally during the delayed arrival of adult teeth. Additionally, she links it with the stage of development where girls are becoming sexualised.

This obsession with 'young' teeth is not just a Japanese one...  In New York City, it seems a gap tooth grin is where it's at.  Made famous by stars such as Shannon Tweed and Madonna,  the next generation of supermodels - including Georgia Jagger and Lara Stone - boast an imperfect, but so youthful, grin. 

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