When you’re having a conversation with someone, where do you often find yourself looking? Not surprisingly, most people say they are looking at someone’s smile. Chances are, when your eyes are drawn to someone’s smile, you are either acknowledging how esthetically pleasing their smile is or you’re noticing a flaw.
A survey conducted by the marketing group Kelton Research asked 1,047 Americans a series of questions while showing them images of men and women, some with straight teeth and some with crooked teeth. They were never given any information about the people in the photos or any criteria for judging. Here are the results:
Men and women who have straight teeth were viewed as
- 21% more likely to be seen as happy;
- 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy;
- 38% more likely to be perceived as smart;
- 45% more likely to get a job;
- 73% of people would trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, car, or outfit.
Having a pleasing smile can benefit your health as well. According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth combined with regular flossing and brushing may help reduce the risk of severe health conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia.
Having straighter teeth also means healthier gums. Because the gums fit better around and between each tooth, bacteria have fewer places to grow. Plaque and tartar build-up can be a result of not being able to brush and floss effectively in some areas due to misaligned and overlapping teeth. This can often cause gum recession and tooth decay. It can also cause mouth sores and bleeding gums.
There are so many benefits to a healthy smile, but the bottom line is a healthy smile means a healthier and happier you!