Every once in awhile, when discussing some cosmetic dentistry options, a patient will ask, â€œSo, is it really worth it to have my smile improved?â€
The first time if happened, I was completely caught off guard.Â I really didnâ€™t know how to respond to their question.
Since then, Iâ€™ve had a little time to think and to do a little research on my ownâ€”what I found is pretty interestingâ€¦
- According to surveys, when polled over 80% of Americans said that a great smile played an important part in job interpersonal success. Thatâ€™s right. 80%!
- Another study conducted utilized 2 photos: One photo showed a photo of a man with an attractive smile. The other photo was of the same man with one of his front teeth â€œphoto-shoppedâ€ out.
In the study, graduate students were asked to evaluate the possible IQ of the individual in the photo: below average, average, or above average.
The results were amazing: When graduate students were shown the â€œgood smileâ€ photo, 76% of them rated his IQ as above average. (24% rated his IQ as average.)
3 weeks later, when the same graduate students were shown the â€œbad smileâ€ photo, 93% rated his IQ at below average! (Only 7% of them rated his IQ at average.)
So, what does this mean? We all know that a less-than-ideal smile doesnâ€™t lower someoneâ€™s IQ.
This study does show that other people evaluate us–rightly or wrongly–on the basis of our appearance. The study also shows us that our smile plays a very important part in that evaluation process!
So the next time Iâ€™m asked about the real value of a smileâ€”Iâ€™ll know just what to say.
And, if you would like us to evaluate your smile for possible improvements, please give us a call at (575) 635-4008 â€”we can schedule a free Cosmetic Dentistry consultation just for you.
Until Next Time,