smileSurveys and polls consistently show that a ‘nice smile’ is one of the most important physical features people look for in a prospective partner, but an attractive smile means much more than a nice looking set of teeth. A great smile can also help to create a positive first impression and radiates confidence and warmth.

Smile your way to happiness

People who are happy with the look of their teeth are more likely to smile a lot. This ultimately means they give off a sense of positivity, friendliness and confidence. Those who are unhappy with the aesthetics of their teeth are less likely to smile, which may make them appear aloof and distant, even if this is not the case. Confidence is an attractive trait in a partner and the best way to sell your personality and create an instant connection is by flashing a smile. Body language experts look out for glances and smiles between couples and a big smile can create chemistry straight away, as well as being a sign of compatibility and stability between couples who have been together for a long time.

Could bad oral health be holding you back in the dating game?

Studies show that many people who feel conscious about their teeth and gums suffer from a lack of confidence in social situations. In a pressured setting, such as a date when you may be nervous, the last thing you want is to be worried about showing your teeth. Suffering from dental health problems or having stained or chipped teeth could have an impact on your quest for love because you may not be displaying your personality fully. Problems like discoloured teeth can also be off-putting for potential partners because they are associated with poor oral hygiene and tend to make the smile look less attractive.

Few people have perfect teeth but you could be forgiven for thinking that a celebrity smile is a must these days, because the papers and magazines are constantly filled with stories of celebs having treatment and images of beautiful people with flawless smiles. The reality is that most people have little imperfections and this can be endearing. Most people won’t even notice if you’ve got a slight chip or your teeth are slightly misaligned and your partner may find your little flaws attractive because they are unique to you. However, heavily stained or decayed teeth are never going to be an attractive attribute and can harm your overall health, never mind the health of your love life.

Improving your smile

The best way to keep your teeth looking healthy and glowing is to adopt a good daily oral hygiene routine, which will keep diseases at bay and help to keep your teeth looking clean and your breath fresh. A good routine should involve brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and using mouthwash and flossing to target areas that are hard to reach with a brush. Regular trips to the dentist will help to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and you’ll be amazed at the difference a professional cleaning treatment from a hygienist can make.

For those who want a more drastic transformation there is a huge range of cosmetic dental treatments available, from tooth whitening to banish stains and give you a radiant glow, invisible braces to straighten the teeth and veneers to create a brand new flawless set of pearly whites.

About the Author: Richard is a freelance writer who does not have the most perfect smile but gets by all the same. He writes on cosmetic dentistry at www.dentalimplants.org.uk. You are welcome to visit him on Twitter @thefreshhealth.