If you are wanting to look more attractive, perhaps it’s time to spend less time preparing your makeup and more time smiling. Research indicates that people consider smiling faces more attractive than those wearing makeup.

A Smile Is Your Best Outfit

dreamstime_s_3539500According to the research conducted by Wrigley’s gum in the UK, about 70% of people surveyed considered a person more attractive if they were smiling than if they were wearing makeup. The survey used several case studies of women wearing makeup but not smiling or smiling with no makeup, which were shown to 1000 individuals who were asked to rate them on attractiveness and a list of various attributes. On average, 66% of men and 73% of women rated the smiling image more attractive than the unsmiling one.

But wearing a smile doesn’t just make you look more attractive, it has other benefits, too. When rating the character of the person in the smiling image, reviewers attributed many positive attributes, such as:

  • Approachable
  • Fun
  • Confident
  • Youthful
  • Successful

But when looking at the nonsmiling image, people attributed more negative characteristics, such as:

  • Moody
  • Disinterested
  • Confident
  • Hostile
  • Successful

It’s interesting that confident and successful would be ranked essentially the same for both the smiling and the nonsmiling image. This is good news for people who might worry that smiling makes you look less professional–it turns you can carry your professional demeanor just as well when smiling.

It’s also interesting how big a difference it makes in terms of your perception of youthfulness. When looking at the smiling image, people put youthful in their top three attributes 41% of the time, compared to only 25% who did it for the nonsmiling image, with makeup. So it turns out that if you want to roll back the years, all you have to do is smile.

What’s Keeping You from Smiling?

Although it’s very easy to say that smiling has all these benefits for people and everyone should smile more, it’s not always easy to accomplish. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, you might be reluctant to smile.

Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has solutions for all of your concerns about your smile, from discolored teeth to small, uneven or crooked teeth to one or more missing teeth.

To learn how we can help you get a smile you’ll be comfortable sharing, please call 310-275-5325 for an appointment with a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist at Ravon Knopf today.