What Your Smile Says About You

Your smile can indicate a lot more than a moment of happiness. According to recent research, a great smile can make you appear smarter, richer and more successful.

During the study, conducted by Beall Research & Training, two sets of photos were shown to participants. One set showed four individuals before undergoing cosmetic dentistry, and the other set showed four other individuals after treatment, such as porcelain veneers. The participants were not told that they were looking at dentistry, but they were asked to make snap judgments and rate each person on a scale of one to ten for characteristics like attractiveness, intelligence, wealth, etc.

Participants gave higher scores for being more attractive, intelligent, happy in their careers, and successful to those who underwent cosmetic dental procedures than to the people in the other pictures. Even if the untreated smiles weren't in obvious need of improvement, the subtle upgrade provided by cosmetic dentistry made a major difference in first physical impressions.

Tell us what you think: Do you feel your smile "lives up" to your status? Have you found yourself assuming someone with a dazzling smile must be successful? Leave your comments below.

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