From first impressions to ongoing personal and professional relationships, your smile can often speak louder than words or actions. Studies reveal at least four ways a great smile can help you.
1. CREATE GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS
If creating a good first impression is important to you, it begins with a great smile. According to a study by Kelton Global, 29% of Americans say that a person’s teeth are the first thing they notice when meeting someone for the first time. Beyond the first impression, nearly 1 out of 4 (24%) say that a smile is the thing they remember most after meeting someone for the first time.
2. BUILD TRUST
Whether you’re trying to make a sale, build a professional relationship, or connect with the person of your dreams, studies reveal that a smile lays the groundwork. Almost 3 out of 4 Americans (73%) acknowledge that they would be more likely to trust a person with a nice smile over someone with a good job, fashionable clothes or a nice car.
3. MAKE MORE MONEY
A beautiful smile may actually help you earn more money. While University of California researchers discovered that more attractive people earn an average of 12 percent more per year than less attractive people, Oral B research concluded that having white teeth increases your attractiveness by 20 percent while making you look five years younger. One additional survey seems to reinforce this idea with 74% of adults believing an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success.
4. INCREASE ATTRACTIVENESS
Whether you want to look good for your spouse or a potential mate, a beautiful smile is key. In a poll of 5,000 men and women, Match.com found that a beautiful smile was the number one attractive quality. In addition, the AACD discovered that 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.