"Say cheese!" If this phrase makes you cringe, we're guessing you're not that psyched about your smile. (Don't worry, you're not alone.) That, or you just hate pictures.
A new study conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recently revealed that more than one-third of American adults are unhappy with their smile. Wowzer.
Of that one-third, 36 percent believe they would have a better social life if
they had a better set of pearly whites. This may be especially true among young adults, as 48 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they didn't like their smile.
On the love front: Bad teeth also represent the biggest dating turn-off among men and women. Plus, research found that 22 percent of Americans who are unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love life.
On a professional level, 78 percent of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. And fourteen percent of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job.
In a recent interview, John F. Buzzatto, DMD, MDS, president of the American Association of Orthodontists said, "Professional orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years, with innovative options such as clear aligner trays, lingual braces, and ceramic braces. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and it's encouraging that two-thirds of Americans think they are never too old for treatment."
Here's the thing: We don't want you to be sad about your smile, so just know
that there are options out there for you to explore to improve the look of your teeth. But, in the meantime, use these tricks to amp up the wattage of your pearly whites—they may just lift your (smile) spirits.
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