What do you consider as the most attractive physical attribute? Is it a Brad Pitt-esque jawline or purple peepers à la Elizabeth Taylor? While both are no doubt aesthetically pleasing, a recent survey conducted by Delta Dental, the country’s largest dental benefits carrier, indicated that Americans place a higher premium on a more universal feature: a great smile. This press release from the company expounded on this finding:
A new survey from Delta Dental finds more reasons to celebrate the smile during National Smile Month this June. According to the survey of more than 1,000 Americans nationwide, a smile is the most important physical feature that contributes to a person’s attractiveness. And, more than six of 10 Americans (64 percent) say a smile has some bearing on a person’s overall success.
Nearly one-half of Americans (47 percent) cited the smile as the most important physical feature, followed by eyes (27 percent) and physique (16 percent). Men and women agreed on the order, though women said they put more emphasis on a person’s eyes.
According to Jennifer Elliott, vice president of the Delta Dental Plans Association, Delta Dental sponsored its Oral Health and Well-Being Survey to shine a spotlight on the importance of oral health and its relation to overall well-being.
While everyone wants a picture-perfect smile, the truth is that many people are unhappy with their teeth. According to Dr. Ali Fakhimi of Soft Touch Dental, two of the most common reasons for this dissatisfaction are stained or missing teeth.
Shades of Discontent
After years of smoking, drinking coffee, and eating dark-colored food, your once pearly white teeth will eventually become discolored. Since people don’t want to flash an off-color smile, it’s not surprising that in-office teeth whitening is now the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in the world today. In it, dentists apply specially formulated bleach that can lighten your teeth’s color by up to six shades, giving you a more radiant smile.
Gaps in Satisfaction
The only thing worse than having discolored teeth is having no teeth at all. Of course, trauma, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all cause tooth loss. Thankfully, crown and bridge procedures from San Diego dentists can help restore missing teeth.
A bridge is a type of dental restoration used when a missing tooth is flanked by two healthy ones. This prosthetic is composed of two crowns with an artificial tooth between them. Once it is fitted, it will literally “bridge” the lone gap created by the missing tooth, resulting into a neater and more presentable row of ivories.
(Source: Survey Says: It’s the Smile, Delta Dental, June 3, 2014)