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More than a Third of Americans are Unhappy with their Smile

adult with toothless smile

Not only is a smile the first thing many people notice when meeting someone new, but a good smile can lead to better perceptions in social circles, potential love interests and professional settings.

Unfortunately, more than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile, according to a new study.

Swipe Left on Crooked Teeth

36 percent of those unhappy with their smiles believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth. 48 percent of Americans ages 18-24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile!

The survey found that the biggest dating turn-off among men and women was bad teeth. According to the study, 77 percent of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. The study also found that 22 percent of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love life.

Your Career & Your Smile

Fourteen percent of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they were missing out on a better job. In fact, 78 percent of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful.

It’s Never Too Late for Your Smile

While in the past it was most common to get braces as a teenager, there’s no reason not to improve your smile later in life when you’re in a position to better afford and appreciate it. There are many reasons you might be considering braces later in life.

Whether you’ve had braces before and your teeth have shifted or you were unable to get braces when you were younger, improving your smile at any stage in life is a worthwhile investment. And there are many types of braces, from porcelain to InvisiLine, if you’d prefer they’re more discreet.

Call or stop in to schedule a free consultation, we’ll be happy to start your journey to a smile you’ll smile about.