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What Is The Psychology Behind Straight Teeth And Smiling?

Do you know someone who never fully smiles in pictures? Or holds their hand over their mouth to hide their teeth? Maybe that person is someone close to you, or maybe that person is you.

Recent studies have shown that a significant number of Americans aren’t satisfied with their teeth, and experience acute embarrassment regarding the quality of their smile.

In today’s visual world, appearance matters. While having a perfect smile may seem irrelevant, there is hard evidence to suggest a straight set of pearly whites will benefit you in more ways than you might think.  

Straight Teeth And The Perceptions You Give Off

Today, close to 3 in 5 Americans would rather have a nice smile than have clear skin.

This is because your smile is one of the first, if not the first, things people will notice about you. And first impressions matter.

Several years ago, researchers conducted a study where participants were asked to look at images of people with a variety of tooth issues and compare them to pictures of people with straight teeth. Without knowing anything else about the people in the pictures, the participants were then asked to give their honest opinion on the people from the images.

This particular study revealed that those with straight teeth are perceived as having more attractive qualities than people with poorly aligned teeth.

It turns out, people project positive qualities onto individuals with straight teeth. Those with a nice, straight smile are more likely to be perceived as likeable, successful, competent, and happy. The study also revealed that people with nice smiles are more likely to get a date and are even more likely to get promoted over someone with noticeable dental issues.

Clearly, the benefits of a straight smile cannot be overstated.

Straight Teeth Can Make You Happier

Believe it or not, having a straight smile can actually increase your sense of happiness.


Charles Darwin was actually the first person to connect smiling to happiness. The more you smile, the more endorphins your body releases, and the happier you become.

People who cover their smile with their hand or just avoid smiling in general, aren’t getting the full benefits a real, confident smile creates.

The importance of a straight smile in our world explains why dental implants, Invisalign, and veneers are currently some of the most popular cosmetic enhancements on the market.

If you’ve experienced feelings of embarrassment when it comes to your smile, it’s time to take action.

Thankfully, there are tools available to help give you the smile you deserve.

Get The Smile You’ve Always Wanted

Are you tired of hiding your smile during picture time? Don’t let crooked teeth stand in the way of your confidence. If you live in or near Kosciusko County, the team at East Center Dental would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. Contact them today and get the smile you’ve always wanted!