There's more to a smile than meets the eye

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The experts on the anatomy of a great smile

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Whitening, whitening and more whitening

A recent study shows that attractive people earned 5% more per hour than their less attractive counterparts, and a dazzling white smile is central to that.4 So it’s not surprising that cosmetic dentists are reporting that more clients are asking for whiter smiles.

Creating a perfect smile is easy

Eat right - Get your teeth powered up with the right nutrients - food like cress and radishes are high in phosphorus and calcium and help to strengthen tooth enamel.5

Exercise - Try flexing your smile muscles daily – stretch your mouth out, hold for 5 seconds and repeat this 10-12 times.

Know yourself - Most people don’t have perfect symmetry to their faces or smiles – so know your angles and work them. Tilt your head a bit as you pose for a photo; your smile may be more flattering if you’re not facing the camera straight on.

Accessorize well - When you are ready for your close- up, some women think that choosing a blueish red tint of lipstick is great for showing off your smile as it can make teeth look whiter! (NOTE: This is not supportable and is only a perception of some women).

Smile your way through a successful date
Smile your way through a successful date

Your smile is the first thing you are judged on –  the way you look is even more important than what you say, 55% of it comes down to body language. Any pre-date prep should include getting your pearly whites ready. Smiling can transmit positive vibes and a guy just needs a hint sometimes. Don’t forget that 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.6

Nail the smile, nail that job interview
Nail the smile, nail that job interview

A recent University study examining photographs accompanying resumes showed that employers want prospective employees to look and act the part: confident, energetic, attractive. 74% of those surveyed agree that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success. 7  The mouth is the centre of the face, so it won’t go unnoticed by interviewers. 

4  Dr. Fred H. Peck, Special Report: What is the truth behind cosmetic dentistry,

What is a cosmetic dentist: the difference illustrated, 2007-2012, http://www.thedentallibraryofcincinnati.com/cosmetic-dentistry-revealed/ (April 2013).

5  Benessere.com, Diet for Healthy Teeth, 1999-2013, http://en.benessere.com/dietetics/topics/diet_for_teeth.htm (April 2013)

6  Dr. Fred H. Peck, Special Report: What is the truth behind cosmetic dentistry, What is a cosmetic dentist: the difference illustrated, 2007-2012, http://www.thedentallibraryofcincinnati.com/cosmetic-dentistry-revealed/ (April 2013).

7  Dr. Fred H. Peck, Special Report: What is the truth behind cosmetic dentistry,

What is a cosmetic dentist: the difference illustrated, 2007-2012, http://www.thedentallibraryofcincinnati.com/cosmetic-dentistry-revealed/ (April 2013).