This age-old aphorism has been used to describe situations in business, in Hollywood, in the classroom, as well as in simple everyday life. A recent piece of research confirms the sentiment, with a particular emphasis on the impression made by the quality of your smile – and the teeth it reveals.
According to a study conducted by Beall Research & Training of Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, your smile has quite a lot to say about you to strangers.
Researchers showed photos of eight individuals to hundreds of Americans. Some of the photos showed the individuals before undergoing dental improvements, and some showed them after. The “before” photos all showed people within a normal range of dental quality: there were no rotten or missing teeth, for example. The level of improvement displayed in the “after” photos ranged from mild, to moderate, to major. Those viewing the photos were not told that the subjects of the images had undergone dental improvements.
The results were telling. Across the board, respondents indicated that the people in the “after” photos were more attractive, more intelligent, more interesting, more successful in their careers, more sensitive to other people, more popular with the opposite sex, friendlier, happier, kinder, and wealthier than the people in the “before” photos.
If something is bothering you about your smile, give us a call. We are certified Invisalign practitioners. Time-tested by over half a million people, Invisalign allows you to improve your smile invisibly, with no metal wires or bands. Adults and teenagers alike opt to straighten their teeth with a series of clear aligners, which can be removed for meals and cleaning, as well as on special occasions.
Your new and improved first impression could be right around the corner. Call us today at Greenberg Orthodontics to discuss the future of your smile.