We all know first impressions are important, and it turns out a straight smile plays a big role. About one-third of people say the first feature they notice is another person’s teeth. Plus, about one-fourth say a smile is the thing they remember most after meeting someone new.
Kelton Research took a survey of 1,047 Americans and asked them to give their opinions about images of people with both straight and crooked teeth. However, they weren’t told the study was focused on tooth alignment.
Overall, people with straight teeth were perceived to be more successful, have a better social life and a better personality. In fact, the study revealed that 45 percent of the people surveyed thought those with straight teeth were more likely to get a job they were competing for. Plus, they were perceived to likely be more wealthy, intelligent and healthy.
In contrast, 38 percent wouldn’t go on a second date with someone with crooked teeth, but 73 percent of people were more likely trust someone with straight teeth.
When it came to what people in the survey would trade for a nicer smile, 87 percent were willing to forego something for a year in exchange for a straight smile and 39 percent were willing to give up dessert, specifically.
Of course, teeth can be straightened in a number of ways, from traditional metal braces to plastic, clear aligning retainers (like Invisalign) and through treatments like veneers, which can address mildly crooked teeth.
Do you think the smile is a vital part of a first impression? What would you be willing to trade for a nicer smile?
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