In this image obsessed society, it is not surprising to hear that the health and beauty market is a multi-billion dollar industry. But what is ‘beauty’ anyway? Is it tall, tanned and slim? Is it pale and petite? Is it chubby and cheerful? 

If you interviewed a range of people from different parts of the world, your answers would probably include all of the above – and more. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, or so they say! 

But one thing which holds universal appeal is the value of a beautiful smile.

untitled-3685Studies show that lasting impressions are made within the first three seconds of seeing someone, and that straight teeth play a large role in how a person is perceived. From relationships to your career, to other people’s overall perception of you, your smile could have a greater impact on your life than you realize. 

Numerous studies have shown that having better looking teeth increases the amount you smile, which in turn leads to various health benefits, including lower stress and improved happiness.

Research also indicates 48% of people think a person’s smile is what makes the most impact – far more than any other physical feature. So whether you’re on a first date or going for a job interview – having great teeth could be a deciding factor in whether you make it to the second round!

Straight teeth also help to improve your confidence when socializing and talking with others. Those who have crooked or decaying teeth, on the other hand, are often too embarrassed to smile, for fear of showing their teeth. Have you ever seen someone desperately trying to hold their lips together when asked to pose for a photo, for fear of showing their teeth?

People who smile more often also tend to look younger, because they are exercising their facial muscles and therefore improving their skin’s elasticity.

In this selfie-saturated society, our team at Simply Orthodontics in Irvine love to help people show off their best self. It all starts with your smile!