Decades ago in the United States, perfect smiles were very rare. In fact, people were suspicious of those who sported a perfect, ultra-white smile. Such a smile seemed to hint a sense of narcissism and insincere charm. However, in the United States and other nations around the world, the perception of a person’s smile has completely changed now. As illustrated in a recent article from Raconteur, today’s world population views a beautiful smile as a very positive thing— almost a necessity, if you want to be successful.

The Modern View of a Smile

In modern global culture, a great smile with clean, straight teeth indicates someone intelligent, someone who knows how to take care of himself and has the resources to do so. A beautiful smile is often considered a sign of intelligence, wealth, and success. On the flip side, a smile full of crooked, stained, problematic teeth is often seen as a sign of someone with lower income, little education, and lesser potential in life.

The Desire for a Smile Makeover

A YouGov survey revealed that about 45 percent of adults in the United Kingdom are unhappy with the way their teeth look. Twenty-five percent of those people connect their self-esteem with their smile, and 56 percent would consider braces or Invisalign to fix their teeth. Those percentages are similar in Singapore, the United States, and other parts of the world, as people come to recognise what their smile says about them in modern culture.

The Naturally Beautiful Look

This pursuit of the perfect smile takes two forms. Some people want porcelain veneers or dental implants to fill in gaps, cover broken edges, and give them a brilliant white smile. Others simply want straight, balanced teeth with a natural look and colour. Tim Bradstock-Smith, a dentist who works at the London Smile Clinic, says, “Gone are the days when patients ask me for a beaming white Hollywood smile. Now, a perfect smile is one that is clean and healthy with bright and natural-looking teeth.”

Instead of using porcelain veneers for most of his patients, Dr. Bradstock-Smith focuses on restorative dentistry, fixing the natural teeth with Invisalign or braces, whitening the teeth, and improving oral health. The result is usually a much-improved smile that is attractive and appealing without be startlingly white or perfect. It’s all about the “imperfect-perfect” look today, according to Dr. Bradstock-Smith.

Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time

Studies show that an improved smile helps people feel young, more confident, and more powerful. When people are confident in their appearance, that confidence emanates from them and gives them success in other areas of their lives. Dental clinics in Singapore, like Orchard Scotts Dental, see the changes in patients’ lives on a regular basis.

It may seem impossible that reinventing a smile could have such a significant impact in giving someone a better life, but it happens. Career opportunities, new romantic connections, better social standing, and so much more can happen with a great smile and a new level of confidence. When you’re ready to start your smile makeover with porcelain veneers, dental implants, or Invisalign, contact Orchard Scotts Dental for caring, comprehensive treatment.

Source: Raconteur, 20 February, 2012