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Smile Contributes Most to First Impressions

smiley facesHow do you feel about your smile? An attractive smile seems to have the greatest impact on a positive first impression, according to the study below. Read on to learn more about how our smile impact our relationships. Thanks for visiting us at Castle Rock Endodontics.

A survey among U.S. adults has revealed that an attractive smile has the greatest impact on a positive first impression at work or in personal relationships. Almost half of the participants rated a person’s smile over what a person says or the way he or she dresses.

The study involved a nationally representative sample of 1,018 men and women aged 18 and over. It was conducted by Kelton Global, a marketing research company, on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry from Aug. 17–23, 2012.

The investigators extrapolated the survey results to the entire population and concluded that a smile is the most memorable feature when meeting someone for 48 percent of U.S. citizens. It seems to be more important than the first thing a person says (25 percent), what he or she is wearing (9 percent) or the way he or she smells (8 percent).

According to the academy, three in four adults think that an unattractive smile can reduce a person’s chances of career success.

With regard to age, the survey revealed that people aged 50 and older (52 percent) are more likely to remember a smile when first introduced to another person, compared with those aged 18 to 49 (45 percent).

In addition, the investigators found that people with crooked or stained teeth are perceived as less attractive by 37 percent and as less confident by 25 percent of U.S. citizens. Women in particular (40 percent) found an imperfect smile less appealing, while only 35 percent of men reported likewise.

In collaboration with a panel of lifestyle experts, the academy has compiled an e-guide titled “First Impressions in the Digital Age,” which provides useful information about making a favorable first impression in professional and personal life, as well as on social media networks. The guide can be accessed free on the academy’s website.

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