Besides great skin and hair, a healthy looking smile is the most important feature for making a high impact first impression. A smiling acre off straight white teeth immediately does more to enhance a person’s looks and prestige than almost all other physical traits. Studies have shown that a good smile will make you appear more successful, interesting, intelligent and approachable – as well as more attractive. A beautiful and clean looking smile exudes warmth and attracts people to you.
When we feel we have an attractive smile, we do it more often. Studies have shown that people who smile more are able to handle stress and other abrupt changes in their lives better. This may be due to the fact that simply the physical act of smiling makes us immediately feel better by releasing endorphins and neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in our brain that make us feel good..
I have always maintained that feeling good about ourselves is the best way to immediately improve our looks. The inner image we have of ourselves is what we project to others and to the world, so how we feel has an enormous effect on how we look.
I have heard women say that they are considering having a breast augmentation surgery – yet their teeth are crooked and brown-looking. That horrifies me. Boobs are so much farther down the ranking of physical assets than great teeth and a bright smile.
How do we get a great smile? Keep impeccable oral hygiene – that means flossing (correctly) daily, brushing teeth with a vibrational toothbrush twice a day, and using a whitening toothpaste or have teeth professionally whitened. Use lipstick, the brighter and “cooler” the color, the whiter your teeth will look. Cooler color means colors that have blue undertones like blood red, royal blue, blueish green – warmer colors have orangey undertones like peach, yellow or brown (see color wheel below).
If your teeth are less than perfect, it is not nearly as expensive as it used to be to have teeth improved with new technologies like Invisalign. However, even if you can’t fix imperfect teeth, any improvement in the color and quality of oral hygiene will have a vast effect.