When you smile, you show your teeth and reveal a lot about who you are as a person within a matter of seconds. A lot can be revealed to the people around you when you flash them a smile. In a way, your smile is like a business card. Your teeth can significantly impact someone’s overall impression of you. They may wonder – do you have straight or crooked teeth? Are your teeth white or yellow? Do you have braces? Are you smiling confidently or hiding away? An examination of your teeth can surprisingly tell so much about your personality, age, sex, diet, and health!
Teeth and Social Status
A set of beautiful pearly whites can indicate social status, hygiene habits, and health conditions. An example would be that people associate wealth, care, and good health, with dazzling white Hollywood smile. Having a confident smile and white teeth make people look more successful, more employable, and more appealing.
There was a study done by P&G that found that whiter teeth can lead to greater success in work and love. A good way to prevent staining teeth is to avoid drinks like coffee, wine, tea, and dark sodas. If you are going to consume these fluids, drinking in moderation, using a straw, rinsing your mouth after, and brushing your teeth within an hour afterwards helps to prevent staining.
Your Dental Identity
Your teeth can tell a lot about your identity. For example, let’s look at central incisors. The shape of your incisors will tell if you are younger or older in age. If you have rounded corners and the shape is more rectangular, you are young. If your incisors are square and short, then you are older.
Your lateral incisors indicated your gender. If your incisors are more rounded at the end and slightly shorter than the central incisors, this is feminine. If your incisors are longer, almost the same length as the central incisors and are more overall square, then this is masculine.
Some people even say that your canines indicate your personality. Pointier, more prominent, and longer incisors indicated aggression and power. Flattened or rounded tips that are less prominent indicate a passive personality. Lastly, tiny teeth tend to indicate a pushover type personality.
Everyone has bad habits that they can’t seem to kick. The crazy thing is that your teeth can actually reveal these bad habits! If your teeth appear to look flat, this can be caused by teeth grinding, which can stem from stress. You do not always mean to grind your teeth, but it is a habit that needs to be broken to prevent further damage to your teeth. If you have uneven teeth tips or small chips or cracks on the teeth, this can come from nail biting. You wouldn’t think that a small habit like this is harmful, but your teeth definitely tell all. Lastly, protruding front teeth, uneven bite, and speech problems can all stem from thumbsucking. This is seen commonly in younger dental patients.
Your teeth can tell you about underlying conditions that you may not even realize need to be taken care of. For example, a patient can go in to see their dentist because of upper teeth pain even though their teeth are overall healthy, and could potentially learn that they have a sinus infection. If a patient has swollen gums, loose teeth, and cavities, this could mean that the patient has diabetes. If a patient comes in with weak enamel, mouth sores, and changes in tongue texture, this could mean they have a vitamin deficiency.
We hope you found this information fascinating! It is crazy to see that teeth really tell a lot about a person. Keeping up with good oral health and kicking bad habits can really be a game changer for your teeth. Braces will help put you on your path to a great confident smile. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at Newpark Orthodontics.