It should come as no surprise that people with straight teeth and a beautiful smile have a more positive first impression that those without.
While you might have found yourself more drawn to these people, studies have shown that these people are actually perceived as happier, healthier, and smarter as well as attractive.
Vancouver dentist Dr. Lunn, who has interacted with hundreds of patients, confirms that people with straight and healthy teeth show more confidence and seem happier than those with crooked teeth. His findings corroborated with our research as well.
A study conducted by Kelton Research surveyed more than 1,000 Americans, asking what they perceived about photos of men with both straight and crooked teeth.
The results resounded that men with straight teeth were far more desirable than men with crooked teeth.
In this study, men with straight teeth appeared:
- More datable;
While this was just a sample of what people might think with a first impression, these are assumptions that do happen all of the time in real life.
Why Do People Assume That?
The assumption that straight teeth are better is more of a reflection of society.
The vast majority of people that we see on television, politicians, and other people that are perceived as successful have straight teeth.
Bright dazzling smiles are what we see on all forms of media and as a result, we consider that to be the ideal type of smile.
These assumptions are also not incorrect. It has been shown that straighter teeth are healthier teeth and can have other health benefits as well.
Straight teeth are easier to clean, with straightforward flossing and brushing strategies. As a result, there is a less risk of having decay and periodontal disease.
Health Benefits Of Straight Teeth
In addition to having an easier time cleaning your teeth, straighter teeth are simply healthier for your body.
Periodontal disease can brew in the gums of crooked teeth. Since the gums are a direct link to your bloodstream, any bacteria that are produced in the gums can easily flow to the rest of your body.
This can cause damage to your heart, as it pumps the bacteria throughout your body.
While people with straight teeth can also be at risk of periodontal disease, having crooked teeth puts you at a greater risk.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss as well, meaning there is a chance that your crooked teeth could cause bacteria that leads to your teeth falling out.
Tooth loss is detrimental to not only your appearance, but it will also impact how well you eat and the other teeth around the missing teeth.
Ultimately, home hygiene and straight teeth can both seriously help keep your gums healthy while keeping decay away, allowing you a healthy smile that can help you maintain a healthy body.
What Can You Do If You Have Crooked Teeth?
Without a doubt, having a straighter smile will give you an edge in the world.
You will find that strangers have an easier time approaching you, it will be easier to find a job, and people will assume that you are healthier than when you had crooked teeth.
Smiles can be straightened at any age from children all the way through adulthood.
Depending on the amount of work needed to straighten a smile, you might need to have traditional braces to effectively move your teeth into a better alignment.
In some cases, patients can have Invisalign braces, which are primarily used to help with minor imperfections rather than more involved orthodontics.
Everyone deserves a smile that they can be proud of. Consider letting orthodontics change your life for the better.