They say a picture is worth a thousand words but have you ever thought about why that is? Why does something we see create an instant emotional response that can take great effort to put into words? What it really comes down to is that humans are highly visual creatures. Despite all our impressive achievements in literature, it’s been widely established in the scientific community that we communicate more with our expressions and our body language than we do with our words. This means that a beautiful smile might convey a more positive impression than anything the owner of that smile could say with their words.
Of course, it’s hard to admit, but first impressions do last. Studies have shown that within seconds of meeting someone new, whether it be on a date, an interview, or meeting the in-laws for the first time, people make quick judgment calls about a person based on superficial appearance and physical characteristics. From the way a person is dressed, to their posture, and yes, you guessed it – their smile. Nearly one-third of Americans (29%) say the first thing they notice on a person’s face is their pearly whites. Have you ever asked a trusted friend their opinion of someone only to hear them reply, “they have a nice smile”? A smile really can speak volumes.
What Do Straight Teeth Say About Someone?
A survey of an American population has shown that “the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions of a persons success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.” – In the real world, this can mean that a beautiful smile with straight teeth can give you the competitive advantage you need when trying to impress a potential boss to land your dream job or be considered for a promotion within your company.
A beautiful smile also has an important role to play when trying to impress a potential mate. This can be of particular concern to those who find themselves newly single and attempting to reenter the dating world, only to find that it has completely changed in the last decade or so. Thanks to the popularity of online dating sites, the dating world can be vicious. Physical appearance has become an even larger factor than ever before and means the difference between whether or not someone is “scroll rejected”. Someone with straight teeth is 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture alone. Straight teeth could be the thing that makes a person pause, stop scrolling, and read your profile.
Do The Benefits of a Beautiful Smile Go Beyond The Surface?
Straight teeth do more than just perfect your outer appearance. Studies have shown that straight teeth provide many health benefits. For example, proper oral hygiene is more easily maintained in individuals with straight teeth. Flossing is easier, even fun (have you flossed today?). Good oral hygiene helps you to avoid nasty bacterial build up that can lead to gum disease. In addition, teeth that are properly aligned help to improve digestion because food can be better broken down before swallowing.
Straight teeth create a great first impression, can boost your confidence, and contribute to oral hygiene and healthy digestion. Want to know your options? Make an appointment with us today to meet with our qualified dental experts to discuss your options and begin your journey to a smile that truly represents you.