A recent survey suggests that teeth may be the most important physical characteristic when it comes to attracting a romantic partner. Among other things, the survey revealed that over six in ten respondents said they look at a person’s teeth before anything else when first meeting. In fact, a person’s smile was so important, it outranked physique, eyes, fashion sense and complexion by a large margin. Dental issues also scored high when it came to ranking potential turn-offs. After bad breath, which ranked number one at 31.3 percent; survey participants ranked crooked, yellow and missing teeth as the biggest turn-offs associated with a potential date. Bad teeth were so undesirable, in fact, they outranked unkempt appearances, bad personalities and foul body odor. If those statistics weren’t compelling enough, the survey revealed that smiles were the most important feature when it came to ranking facial traits, with 87.5 percent of respondents ranking a person’s teeth as more important than his or her eyes or hair.

Teeth Matter a Lot

Besides the previously mentioned statistics, the survey also asked participants whether they’d ever turned down a date because of bad teeth, with nearly 70 percent answering yes. Additionally, when asked to rank the importance of attractive teeth on a scale from 1 to 10, respondents gave an average score of 9.33.

Attaining a Better Smile

Although it may seem unfair; statistics clearly show that bad teeth can make it harder for us to attract romantic partners. If you are tired of hiding dental imperfections, now is the time to do something about your problem. Thanks to porcelain veneers, invisible braces and professional teeth whitening procedures, you can get the smile of your dreams in a short amount of time. To learn more, contact Dr. Siegel’s office today.