It’s generally acknowledged that beautiful people have an easier time of it in in life. They’re more likely to make friends, to be offered jobs, or promotions, and find romance. Beauty, however, is fairly subjective. Over the course of history tall and short, fat and thin, and blonde and dark have all been thought to be standards of beauty – once. It now seems that straight, white teeth are now part of the definition of attractiveness in the mind of the general public.
According to a recent survey by the market research consultant firm Kelton, teeth are one of the features American notice when they meet people, and straight teeth are associated with positive qualities like happiness and business and social success. Another study, titled “The Impact of Whiter Teeth on Key First Impressions” found similar results when they surveyed people who had participated in simulated first dates and job interviews both before and after teeth whitening. These people were more likely to find success socially and professionally when they had whiter teeth.
Part of this must come down to the ability of people to have good teeth…and keep them. Historically, many of our ancestors had terrible oral health. Medieval people had better teeth than we imagine, but before the introduction of fluoride to toothpaste and drinking water, our parents’ and grandparents’ teeth suffered since the introduction of sugar into our diets in quantity. Now, however, with the proper brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist, average people can have healthy teeth that will last into old age.
Now with modern orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, it’s possible for people to have not just healthy teeth, but beautiful ones too. With the investment of time and money, it’s really possible for almost anyone to have a gorgeous smile. Since teeth are one things people notice when they’re meeting strangers, this is becoming part of today’s beauty standard. It doesn’t hurt that, as with other cosmetic treatments, most actors and actresses now have teeth that are very straight and very white. We see them so often on our television and movie screens that we come to expect pearly white teeth in the smiles of our real life friends and acquaintances as well.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, please let us know at your next Dental Associates checkup. We can advise you about your teeth whitening options and other possibilities for making your smile pop. You won’t have to smile with your mouth closed anymore.