Filed Down Teeth
Filing down the teeth is popular in tribal culture. The Balinese filed their teeth because they believed they represented invisible evils and negative emotions. The Aborigines did it for spiritual reasons, and the Mayan's did it to add jewels to the teeth of the upper class. Filing the teeth may not be the most popular form of body modification in this day and age, but there are some similarities between those doing it today and those that did it in the past. Here's a look at people who file down their teeth.
This is a girl from the Ticuana tribe in Brazil. She's proudly showing off her newly filed teeth, which are considered a mark of beauty in her tribe. Children of this tribe have their teeth filed when they reach 9 years of age.
Balinese Teeth Filing
The Balinese people believe that the teeth represent the invisible forces of evil: lust, greed, drunkenness, anger, jealousy, and confusion. The teeth filing ceremony helps rid people of these evils, and makes them physically and spiritually more attractive to the opposite sex.
Mayan Teeth Filing
In the Mayan civilization, body modification included modifications to the teeth. Teeth were filed down smooth and flat, then small holes were put into the teeth by spinning a drill with a bow. Jewels were then attached to the teeth. This was done by members of the upper class to differentiate themselves from the lower class.
Male Pygmy Teeth Filing
Ota Benga was the very popular Congolese Mbuti pygmy who was featured in a controversial human zoo exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in 1906. Benga never returned to Congo, and he eventually adopted Western ways of life.
Filed Down Incisors
In modern times, people sharpen their teeth for aesthetic value, and as an extreme form of body modification. The Wapare people of intertropical Africa filed their teeth to emulate sharks.
Cat Man (formerly Dennis Smith) has spent more that a quarter of a million dollars changing his appearance to look like a tiger. He has tattooed his entire body and filed his teeth down to replicate actual tiger fangs. The final procedure to complete his metamorphosis are actual tiger pelts grafted to his skin.
Dee Snider - Twisted Sister
Twisted Sister were one of the greatest hair metal acts of the 80s, and Dee Snider was their leader. Snyder even filed down his teeth to further accentuate his glam persona.
When someone is unhappy about their body, and have millions of dollars at their disposable, they just change it. Boobs not big enough? No problem, undergo breast augmentation. Teeth not perfectly straight? File them down and get porcelain veneers.
Becoming famous for being the fun, outgoing friend on The Hills has it's perks. All day shopping sprees, non-stop texting, and filing down the teeth in order to get the perfect Hollywood smile. Veneers make it so easy to get a more beautiful smile.
When younger stars grow up in Hollywood, they typically lead a very different life than "regular" people. One of those differences is getting their teeth filed down and having veneers put placed.
When the only things keeping a less attractive older sister from taking over as the "hot one" are a chin reduction and nose job, drastic measures have to be taken. Now, with perfectly filed teeth and veneers, Hillary will retain her crown as the "Hotter Duff Sister."
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