Everybody wants to appear young for as long as possible. Since The Fountain of Youth has yet to be found, we try a multitude of different ways to prevent, maintain, or reverse signs of aging. These ways can include, but aren’t limited to, plastic surgery, dermatological procedures, Botox, permanent makeup, weight loss programs, natural remedies, and much more.
If you are trying these methods or any others, it’s possible that you haven’t addressed one of the most important aspects of looking – and feeling – younger: your pearly whites! Your teeth are an important part of how people perceive you, and keeping them white can knock the years off!
Why is having white teeth important?
Studies show that there are many powerful benefits to having a white smile. According to Dr. Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at University of California Berkeley, your smile is “visible from 200 feet, it is the intense focus of what other people look at, and a sign of our warmth, confidence, and health.” It is assumed upon meeting or interacting that individuals with whiter teeth are more successful in many parts of their lives as well as having good personal hygiene and are in great health.
Because of this perception, having white teeth is a great help towards successful interpersonal interactions. Some aspects of interpersonal interaction that white teeth can help with are:
- Romantic interaction – Those with whiter teeth have a higher chance of being perceived in a positive way during romantic interactions. Impressions of success, confidence, health, and youth are important during romantic interactions, and white teeth can portray all of these things to the person of interest.
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- Workplace interaction – You may not think that attractiveness holds importance in the workplace, but it does. Others respond better to people that are more confident and visually appealing. It is human nature to believe that these are signs of a successful person, and your colleagues will be more inclined to trust you and have positive interactions with you. For this reason, white teeth can be an important aspect of how you are perceived in the workplace!
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- First impressions - We all know that while you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, first impressions do happen each and every single day. Although what you look like surely doesn’t say everything about you, it can send signals to others while they are trying to perceive who you are for the first time. Their first impression of you is all they have to go on of at first! For this reason, white smiles can provide a strong boost to your initial interactions with others.
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How can white teeth make you look younger?
White teeth give you more confidence. Confidence is the key to presenting your best self to others. Having white teeth means you will hide your smile less and show off those pearly whites more! No more days of being hesitant to laugh at a joke or crack a huge smile and no more hiding your mouth with your hand when you speak. Having whiter teeth will promote a much more positive interpersonal communication experience between you and those that you interact with.
White teeth signal youth. In another study, conducted by Oral B, two thousand British people were asked to estimate the age of a model in a photo. The first photo showed a woman with a radiant smile, the other the same woman with discolored teeth. On average, the doctored image of model was estimated to be thirteen years older with an age of 44 years, compared to the woman with whiter teeth. This is a large disparity between her true age and the age that people assumed she was when they looked at the picture with yellowed, uncared for teeth. If you could take up to 13 years off of your appearance with the painless act of teeth whitening, would you? Compared to many other ways that people try to look younger, teeth whitening is a much less painful and much more cost effective choice.
White teeth signal health. It is common knowledge that the younger you are, the healthier you usually are. Our bodies naturally deteriorate over time. Therefore, when others see signs of health such as wrinkle free skin, a full head of hair, or white teeth for example, they will associate that with somebody’s level of health. These positive signs of health show people you are interacting with that you are maintaining your body and its functions properly. The more positive they are, the younger they will think you are.
In conclusion, having white teeth can have a great anti-aging effect on your appearance. If you are looking to get whiter teeth start with a Pearly Whites kit and become a younger looking version of yourself today!