By: Dr. Christopher Lim
Posted on: August 19, 2019
It may not seem fair and it may not be generous of spirit, but it is true – humans make snap judgments about others based on appearance. Especially in American culture, those opinions are influenced by your smile. Teeth that are properly aligned contribute to an appealing smile. Dr. Christopher Lim of Hillside Dental helps patients throughout the Southwest Las Vegas area get straight teeth with Invisalign.
A recent study by Kelton, a market research consultant, reveals some interesting details about the importance of straight teeth. A group of 1,047 Americans were asked to give their honest impressions about people in photographs. The photos contained a variety of images of women and men with straight teeth and crooked smiles. Respondents were not aware that the purpose of the survey was to determine how much influence straight teeth had on their observations.
Their survey answers show the impact that crooked teeth have on perceptions. The respondents believe:
Teeth are the first facial characteristic they notice (29 percent).
Teeth are the feature they most remember after meeting someone (24 percent).
People with straight teeth are 45 percent more likely to get a job than applicants with similar skills and experience, but crooked teeth.
Owners of straight smiles are 58 percent more likely to be successful and wealthy.
They would not go on a second date with a person who has misaligned teeth (two of every five respondents said so).
Those with straight teeth are 57 percent more apt to attract a partner on an online dating site.
People with straight smiles are more likely to be viewed as happy (21 percent more so than others), healthy (47 percent more), and intelligent (38 percent more).
A nice smile – more than occupation, clothing, or car – means a person is trustworthy (73 percent thought so).
These are fun statistics, but they support a common concept. Straight teeth matter. They matter in social situations, in business dealings, and to your self-esteem.
Invisalign is a system of transparent aligners that gently moves teeth into proper position, without brackets, bands, or wires. Aligners are removable so you eat the foods you love and keep teeth sparkling clean while straightening. Each case is different, but treatment time is typically 18 months, and because the aligners are clear, you see results as soon as they begin to occur.