Camera phones have sparked a selfie culture around the world. Men and women of all ages delight in snapping casual photos of themselves to post on their favorite social media websites. As a result, selfies have had a significant impact on recent cosmetic dental trends.
The Perfect Selfie Smile
A majority of selfies feature individuals flashing their best smiles for the camera. These photos offer a way for people to express themselves and explore their identity in online communities. Some experts suggest that selfies offer another method for individuals to seek approval and acceptance online. Your teeth play a huge part in how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you.
With selfie culture has come an increased demand for braces as people seek out perfectly straight teeth. In interviews conducted by news station Pix11, teens reported that they wanted to improve their crooked teeth in order to create a perfect smile for their selfies. Teens and adults alike want to look good in their pictures. They also don’t want other people to judge them based on their teeth.
Perfecting the Snaggletooth
The United States trend of seeking perfect teeth for selfies does not extend to every culture. In Japan, the opposite was true in 2013. Hundreds of Japanese women sought out cosmetic dentistry in order to create an uneven, snaggletooth appearance. The trend is called Yaeba, which literally means double tooth or snaggletooth. People achieve this by affixing plastic or porcelain pieces over certain teeth to make them protrude more than other teeth. The purpose of Yaeba is to create the illusion of youth. Having some protruding teeth in your smile can make it seem like you still have delayed baby teeth, or give you the appearance of a small mouth.
Get a Picture-Perfect Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
At least in the United States, straight, bright teeth are ideal for selfie culture. A perfect smile makes you appear healthy, and can even make you seem like an intelligent, successful, and honest person to others. You can improve the looks of your teeth with cosmetic dentistry.
Braces will help you straighten your teeth, which not only makes you more attractive, but also protects you from tooth decay and gum disease developing between crooked teeth. For a more invisible option, you can choose Invisalign® clear braces to improve your visage. Invisalign® closes minor gaps, fixes crowding, and straightens mildly crooked teeth inconspicuously, leaving you selfie-ready even during treatment.
Other cosmetic procedures such as professional teeth whitening, dental crowns, dental implants and porcelain veneers can help you fix embarrassing imperfections.
If you suffer from crooked or damaged teeth and would like to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can restore your confidence, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake today for an appointment with a Mohegan Lake cosmetic dentist.