Online dating is the predominant way that people meet today, and while it’s easy to hide any flaws in photos you post to your online dating profile, there will come a day when you meet face to face with a potential mate. Match.com conducted a survey to see what’s on the list of desirable traits in a date. Are you surprised to know that teeth come in solidly at #1?
Turns out, the people who claim that looks aren’t everything are fibbing: 71 percent of women and 58 percent of men judge their dates by their teeth. According to this survey, things like the amount of money or education a person has is of little significance to a potential partner. Teeth have a greater impact than grammar, hair, nails, tattoos (or lack thereof), shoes, or the car they drive. In other words, bad teeth = major turnoff.
Do Your Teeth Make a Good First Impression?
You might think that “nice smile” is enough to make a good first impression, but if the smile is littered with broken-down, stained, and crooked teeth, you’ll make the wrong kind of first impression. The reality is that looks do matter, and while it’s natural to hope that your personality and intellect will trump all, if you want to make it to the second date, you have to look your best for the first one.
Maybe you’re having a hard time even making it to a first date, let along landing a second. Most online dating sites permit you to post multiple photos of yourself so you can show yourself in the best light in various situations. If your teeth are nowhere to be seen in any of them, or if you’re grimacing or not smiling, potential partners will pass right by you, believing you’re grumpy, sad, boring, or simply have something to hide (bad teeth or otherwise).
The Power of a Smile
You may think it’s far from necessary to change your smile to improve your love life, but the statistics speak for themselves. Surveyed singles make it clear that teeth matter. And if yours are in a poor state, that will affect the success of your relationships. People will think you don’t care enough to take care of your teeth. You already know if you have bad teeth – aren’t you self-conscious about them and how they make you look, how others perceive you because of your teeth?
A beautiful, white, straight smile makes you look smarter, wealthier, more competent, healthier, and a new smile will even make you look younger. Who wouldn’t love to love someone that gives off such great vibes with just a grin? Your smile is a powerful weapon in the game of love, and the state of it speaks volumes about what you think of yourself and whether you think you’re worth an investment in oral health care.
Haven’t you gone to other lengths to make yourself look good in the hopes of attracting a mate? You get a haircut, a color, new shoes. You get a trainer, work out regularly, change your diet. Now it’s time to get that teeth whitening, those porcelain veneers, or the smile makeover to alter your relationships – in a good way – forever. Contact Red Bank Dentistry to schedule your free initial consultation and get a customized treatment plan for your smile.