Study: Your Smile Changes the Way People See You

It’s the age-old question: do looks really matter? As much as we’d like to live in a society that judges us on our skills and personality alone, the truth is that our face and smile are the first things people notice about us. And we all know that those first impressions count.

A smiling face makes us appear more sincere, friendly and competent. And it’s not just about how others see us – it’s about how we feel about ourselves. When we feel confident about our teeth, we want to smile more. A genuine, uninhibited smile helps us build social connections, releases endorphins (or ‘happy hormones’) that boost our physical health and immune system, and can even help us recover from stress. Now those are some reasons to smile!

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The Science Behind A Smile

How exactly does your smile change the way people see you? One study found that your teeth alone have a profound impact on how others perceive not only your attractiveness but your personality, too.

The study presented two sets of pictures to respondents – ‘Set A’ with photos of eight people before cosmetic dentistry and ‘Set B’ with pictures of the same people after their smile makeover. Respondents used a scale of 1-10 to rate each photo on the following characteristics: 

  • Attractiveness
  • Intelligence
  • Happiness
  • Career success
  • Friendliness
  • Interest
  • Kindness
  • Wealth
  • Popularity with the opposite sex
  • Sensitivity towards others

The results showed a sizeable increase in ratings for all characteristics in the ‘after’ shots in Set B. Nothing else had changed about the before and after photos except for their teeth – those results speak for themselves.

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Smile Make-Over

Now you know just how important your smile is – is a smile makeover worth the investment? Our opinion is yes. Because when you don’t feel confident in your teeth and smile, it can take its toll on your health, happiness, relationships, career and overall quality of life. 

Depending on your level of concern, there are various smile makeover options available at Excel Dental, including teeth whitening or porcelain veneers that are custom made for you in our in-house dental lab. 

The Power of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective ways to achieve a beautiful, bright, natural-looking smile. We use ultra-thin, medical-grade ceramic to craft porcelain veneers in the perfect shape, size and colour to suit your face. 

Porcelain veneers are so popular because: 

  • They look and feel like real teeth
  • They improve your appearance but have functional benefits for fixing chipped, broken or worn teeth 
  • They resist staining and decay better than natural teeth
  • They’re long-lasting (7-15 years)

So, how do you know if dental veneers are suitable for you? If your teeth are discoloured, chipped or crooked, or you want to perfect your smile without orthodontics, whitening treatments or procedures to fix broken teeth, they’ll likely be a good fit. 

You should keep in mind that dental veneers will improve the appearance of your teeth but won’t fix underlying dental problems. Speak to one of our dentists to find out the best treatment for you.

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Transform Your Smile

Porcelain veneers cost less than what you’d think and have changed the lives of hundreds of Excel Dental patients. So are you ready to transform your smile? Book a consult with our team of experts today.