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Why Is America Obsessed with Perfect Teeth?

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You may have noticed a trend in America – we ALL want perfect teeth.


Celebrities Set the Trends

The celebrities have been setting the trends with the perfect “Hollywood Smile” for decades.
We all love watching famous actors, movie stars and musicians on TV and on social media, and nearly all of these celebrities have a perfect smile and beautiful looks to match!

At one point, celebrities like Madonna and David Letterman could get away with less-than-perfect teeth, but today you will find few celebrities that make it to the big screen with anything less than the “Hollywood Smile”.

Perfect smiles aren’t just an American thing either. As American and Hollywood culture spread across the globe, other countries are catching up and a perfect set of teeth is beginning to become the new standard.

Improved Health

Some might argue that getting a straight and healthy smile is about health, and in many cases that’s true. Having straight teeth and a stable bite help you keep your teeth healthy and protect you from future dental work.

Moreover, bite problems and misaligned teeth, when left uncorrected, can lead to:

  • Night-time grinding and clenching
  • Excessive wear
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Higher rate of cavities

Living with an unhealthy bite can also lead to headaches and chronic neck pack. While not every headache is caused by a bad bite, many adults do suffer from chronic headaches due to the alignment of their teeth.

First Impressions Matter

Most of us are very aware of our appearance. We are also very aware of others’ appearance, especially their smiles. One-third of Americans indicate that a person’s smile is the first thing that they notice when them for the first time.

Here’s an interesting fact: adults with straight teeth are 57% more likely to get a date and are judged as being:

  • Healthier
  • Happier
  • And, More Trustworthy

Like it or not, our appearance and the way we feel about ourselves can impact our lives.

Studies have demonstrated that individuals with straight teeth are 45% more likely to get a job than someone with similar qualifications and crooked teeth.

We all know that looks aren’t everything (and you may not like these statistics), but basic human behavior isn’t likely to change. Those with perfect teeth have advantages in life both professionally and personally.

So Why Is America Obsessed with Perfect Teeth?

It’s pretty simple!

  • Celebrities who are rich, popular, or beautiful generally have perfect teeth
  • Those with healthy bites and aligned teeth have better overall health
  • Having perfect teeth gives you an advantage both socially and professionally

Getting a perfect smile for you or a family member has never been easier! With multiple treatment options and payment plans to match, nearly anyone can afford orthodontic treatment!

Contact your local orthodontic practice to learn more about getting started with braces or Invisalign today!

Dr. Tyler Coles
Premier Orthodontics

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