As a single person, you’re often asked to consider “What would you like to have in an ideal partner?” Maybe they need four degrees, a love of animals and conversational Mandarin. Maybe you’re less picky as long as they’re sweet to you and your mother likes them. Everyone has their list of ‘must haves’ as a way to narrow down potential mates, but the number one item that both genders considered crucial to a good first impression? Nice teeth.
That’s right. In a recent study done among 5,500 unattached single adults aged 21 and older, ‘Teeth’ topped the list of 10 things the opposite sex judges a potential mate on. 58% of men agreed that it was important and an even higher 71% of women placed importance on good dental hygiene. In fact, this factor was deemed more important than grammar, hair, clothes or cars.
So what does that mean for you? If you’ve been putting off improving your smile because you think no one notices, think again.
Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and professor at Rutgers University who helped develop the survey, noted this about the results:
“From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indication of your health — how much you drink, smoke, what you’re eating,” she says.
Even if you’re not ‘on the dating scene’ or happily taken, a good smile is an important feature to have. Nashville dentist Dr. Dennis Wells can use the variety of cosmetic dental procedures in his arsenal to give you a smile you’ll be proud to show off. If you have cracked or gapped teeth, consider DURAthin veneers. Clear braces are another way to realign crooked teeth. Dental implants provide a wonderful and permanent restoration for missing teeth. If your smile just needs a boost, talk to Dr. Dennis Wells about teeth whitening.
When you have a healthy, beautiful smile, you will feel more confident and that will be reflected in how you present yourself to others. Talk to Dr. Dennis Wells at the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry today about a investing in a cosmetic dental makeover.