Imagine you are on a date with a person who is about to ask you to become their significant other. What would you do if they withdrew their offer after noticing — strangely enough, for the first time — your stained teeth? You would probably have a hard time recovering from the experience, to the point that you would not want to show your face—particularly your teeth — ever again.
The state of your teeth does not only change your appearance. Harley Street Dental Clinic says fantastic smiles make a huge difference to how people look and feel. Therefore, teeth discolouration may affect your attitude and opportunities in life.
If you are conscious of the way you look, you will be more conscious when you have stained teeth. You may have a hard time dealing with others since teeth are the first thing people notice. Other studies even suggest that bad teeth are the reason most Brits do not smile or grin.
When you have good teeth, you tend to have a compelling reason to take care of your oral health. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research revealed that an attractive smile is the best motivator for working harder to improve overall oral hygiene.
The opposite may be true, as well. People who have stained teeth, combined with lack of access to dental care, are less likely motivated to take care of their teeth.
If you have stained teeth, you might have fewer opportunities in love and career. A survey by researchers from the universities of Leeds and Central Lancashire showed that females with yellow teeth were unpopular and those with widely spaced teeth less attractive. Researchers note that men look at women’s teeth to judge their age and determine how far they are from menopause.
In addition, some employers would base their impressions of applicants based on the state of their teeth. Those with yellow teeth may give off the impression of laziness or poor health, thus reducing their chances of landing a job or getting a promotion. Jobs requiring a nice smile would be inaccessible if you have teeth stains, as well.
Having white teeth does not just make you look good — it makes you feel good too. Teeth discolouration changes more than your appearance but the way you look and take care of your oral health. It may take a toll on your career and love life, as well.