Magazine covers, billboards and television barrages us with images of gorgeous women and chiseled men. Seems we just can’t get away from the subject of looks. Notice that one element in common with all of these “beautiful people” is a great set of teeth.
Over 2000 people were surveyed in Great Britain on the subject of attractiveness and teeth. Overall, the study revealed that nearly 1/3 of those between the ages of 45-54 have had some cosmetic dentistry vs. 20% of 18-24 year olds.
The same study also revealed that those seeking a new smile would prefer the more natural look of a celebrity like George Clooney to the dazzling white “Hollywood” grins of the likes of Simon Cowell. The academy’s Dr James Goolnick said “People want a nice healthy smile that looks natural. They don’t want people to say, ‘Where did you get that done? ‘”
Seems women in their late 40s and early 50s are the most inclined to have cosmetic dentistry. The British survey also found that almost twenty percent of those responding are so concerned about the state of their teeth that they refuse to smile when photographed.
Another independent study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry discovered that the most common answer to the question “what would you most like to improve about your smile?” was whiter teeth.
According to the same survey:
-99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset.
-96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more engaging to members of the opposite sex.
-74% of adults believe an unattractive smile can lessen a person’s chances for career success.
-88% say they remember someone with an attractive smile.
Only half of Americans are satisfied with their smiles.