Fort Lauderdale Cosmetic Dentist Notes Professional and Social Benefits of an Attractive Smile
Article by Charles Nottingham, DDS, FAGD
Fort Lauderdale Cosmetic Dentist
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Everyone knows that a nice smile can make you look more attractive, but cosmetic dentistry can bring a host of less obvious benefits, notes Dr. Charles Nottingham, a noted Ft. Lauderdale cosmetic dentist. Studies have shown that improving the appearance of your teeth can also make you appear younger, smarter, and wealthier to other people.
“These results coincide with what I’ve observed in my practice,” notes Dr. Nottingham, a Miami cosmetic dentist. “People who are self-conscious about their teeth smile less and have lower self-esteem. When you’re happier about how you look, you smile more and you’re more attractive to others – which encourages them to see you as more intelligent and sensitive. A whole host of positive changes can come from that one simple change.”
In a study conducted by Beall Research & Training of Chicago on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), researchers found that an improved smile will make cosmetic dentistry patients seem more successful, interesting, and intelligent – in addition to being more attractive. Researchers showed photos of eight people before and after cosmetic dentistry to 528 survey respondents, who represented a cross section of the American population.
Upon viewing the pictures, respondents were asked to quickly judge the patients in the photos based on whether they were more attractive, more intelligent, happier, more successful in their career, friendlier, more interesting, wealthier, kinder, more popular with the opposite sex, and more sensitive. The “after” pictures of the individuals with cosmetic dentistry scored higher in every category, with particularly big jumps in the scores for attractiveness and wealth.
“Numerous studies have linked attractiveness and professional success, so it’s not surprising that great smiles would be linked to an image of wealth or success,” observes Nottingham, a South Florida cosmetic dentist. “In addition they have found that more attractive people get promoted and go further in their careers. Improving your smile is an easy way to enhance your appearance and look more youthful – and maybe enhance your employment potential as well.”