Image of a woman holding a beautiful smile over her face.

 

A recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (the AJO-DO) showed that individuals with an ideal smile were viewed as more intelligent and more likely to be hired for a job than those very same people without an ideal smile. Photographs of people with non-ideal smiles were taken and digitally manipulated so that the only thing that was altered was the individual’s smile, and both sets of images were presented to human resources personnel who were responsible for recruiting and hiring employees for their commercial companies. The results of the study are revealing—an ideal smile gives significant social and employment advantages. It is important to note that the study found benefits were associated with an “ideal” smile; and an orthodontist has the training, experience, and treatment options to create ideal smiles.

 

Previous studies have shown that a person’s smile is the most observed characteristic about them second only to their eyes. 2  Research has also shown that at all social levels and in all age groups, well-aligned teeth and an attractive smile confer a positive status, whereas teeth that are irregularly aligned or protruding are associated with a negative status. 3  Obviously, appearance plays an important role in the formation of romantic relationships. However, scientific studies have also shown that appearance significantly affects multiple elements that contribute to quality of life, including:

  • How schoolteachers think about and treat students (and consequently, how well students progress in school). 3,4
    • Evidence strongly supports that teachers have higher expectations for students whom they judge as attractive, and they may be more likely to offer support to these students (more interaction, praise, encouragement, presentation of special material, more eye contact and smiling,s etc.).4 And, decades of research have demonstrated the powerful effect of high teacher expectations on individual student performance. 4
  • Employability 1,3,4
    • People with “ideal dental esthetics were, on average, evaluated as superior with respect to intelligence and likelihood of being hired than were the photographs of the same subjects with non-ideal dental esthetics.” 3
    • “Attractive individuals fare better than their less attractive counterparts with regard to perceived job qualifications, hiring decisions, predicted job success, and compensation. Both men and women are subject to these biases, and the magnitude of effects is sizeable.” 4 (pp. 97)
  • Self-esteem
    • Dental attractiveness is associated with greater self-esteem and social status. For prospective patients, orthodontic treatment is associated with an expectation for improved social and psychological well-being. 3

The Bottom Line

Your smile can significantly affect your quality of life! Investing in orthodontic treatment by an orthodontic specialist will pay dividends for a lifetime. So, make the smart decision by trusting your life and your smile to an orthodontist.

References

  1. Pithon, Matheus Melo et al. Do dental esthetics have any influence on finding a job? American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics , Volume 146 , Issue 4 , 423 – 429.
  2. Palomares, N.B., Celeste, R.K., Oliveira, B.H., and Miguel, J.A. How does orthodontic treatment affect young adults’ oral health-related quality of life?. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012; 141: 751–758.
  3. Proffit WR, Fields HW, Sarver DM. Contemporary orthodontics. 4th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:751.
  4. Nevin JB, Keim R (2005). Social Psychology of Facial Appearance. In Nanda, Biomechanics and Esthetic Strategies in Clinical Orthodontics (pp. 94-109). 1st ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby Elsevier.