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Top 3 Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth

If eyes are windows to the soul, does that make teeth the front door? Whatever you want to call them, studies have shown that teeth are one of the most important features when it comes to first impressions and public perception.

Here are three major reasons to invest in your teeth to get that red carpet smile you’ve always wanted:

1. Love Those Pearly Whites

Studies have shown that for the majority of singles, good teeth is the number one thing both men and women look for in a prospective partner. One study found that 58% of men and an astounding 71% of women put good teeth as number one on the list of desired traits in a partner.

Similar studies have shown that people with lovely smiles are more likely to make a good first impression and be remembered after an initial meeting. On dating sites, people with straight teeth are 57 percent more likely to be asked on a date based on their profile picture alone.

So, if you’re a single adult in the dating scene, don’t underestimate the importance of an excellent smile. Also keep in mind that Invisalign is an option for adults who want a straighter smile but are embarrassed with the idea of wearing metal braces or retainers.

2. Smile Your Way To Success

Potential dating partners aren’t the only ones looking at your teeth. According to one study, those with straight teeth were perceived as, “45 percent more likely to get a job than those with crooked teeth when competing with someone with a similar skill set and experience” and also seen as, “58 percent more likely to be successful, as well as 58 percent more likely to be wealthy.”

These statistics are very telling of the importance of a stunning smile in America. Straight teeth are also associated more heavily with traits such as trustworthiness, popularity, and high self esteem.

3. It’s Not All About Looks

Now that we’ve established ways a great smile can improve the quality of your social life, let’s talk about the real kicker: Health!

Crooked teeth create a lot of little spaces for plaque buildup to occur. The more plaque, the higher risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Having straight teeth makes it easy to brush and floss quickly and effectively.

Problems chewing and abnormal tooth wear are other common problems that can occur when teeth are left crooked or over crowded. Additionally, the improved self esteem that patients get from a straight smile can impact other areas of their lives including a reduction in stress and anxiety.

It’s all in the stats! Taking measures to improve your smile can make you a healthier, happier, more confident person!

For a beautiful smile!

Dr. Cater and Dr. Galante

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