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Benefits of an Attractive Smile

Surveys in Australia revealed that 9 out of 10 people believe an attractive smile serves as a critical asset and about 90 percent of both women and men assert that they remember someone with an attractive, healthy smile. The survey also determined that 8 out of 10 people believe that an unattractive smile makes an individual less appealing to someone of the opposite sex.

In a survey conducted by London Guildhall University of 11,000 people revealed that attractive people earn more in their careers, while less attractive people earned about 13 percent less. Cultures perceive beauty differently. For instance, while Western cultures associate attractive people with assertive personalities, Asian cultures assign sensitive and compassionate natures to attractive people. However, most cultures rely on physical beauty to determine the worth or good nature of a person.

When you smile, people form opinions regarding your friendliness, openness, intelligence and social status.

Did you know?

  1. According to Shape magazine, cosmetic dentistry has risen over 250 percent in just the past five years.
  2. 92 percent of Americans consider a stunning smile as one of their most important features.

In a research study published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Karen Korabik explains the procedure of the experiment based on the hypothesis that physical attractiveness of females post-orthodontic treatment will result in increased interpersonal attraction by others. First, subjects were required to rate pictures of girls before and after orthodontic treatment. The study also consisted of a control group of girls who possessed similar levels of attractiveness to the experimental group of girls (pre-orthodontic treatment). The experiment showed that subjects rated the girls more positively post-orthodontic treatment. Results suggest that orthodontic treatment can have psychological and physical benefits for those that undergo it.

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