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Monday, March 10, 2014

Interesting statistics about your smile

Do you remember the Picture Days? Most people are very excited to get their pictures taken for the year book. However, not all are confident with their smile, hence the stoic-faces that you see in some pictures. In a study published in the journal Motivation and Emotion in 2009, it turned out that "those who smiled least in their photographs were about five times more likely to divorce at some point in their lives compared with those who smiled most." In another study in 2001 by LeeAnne Harker and Dacher Keltner in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, they found out that women that smiled int their college yearbook pictures experience less anxiety, sadness and despair in the 30 years after graduation. In 2010, Ernest Abel and Michael Kruger did another research and found that those who smiled more in the past photos live up to 80 years compared 73 years of those who didn't smile. However, we still can't conclude that your smile determines how to life turns out to be but it's hard to deny that it plays an important role. With that being said, not everyone is confident with showing their smile since not everyone has straight teeth. A personal story by Erin Flaherty will give us a look at how braces can change your life.

In the article Get-Ahead Grin on Marie Claire, Erin Flaherty shared her personal experience with braces and how it relates to her career. She mentioned that "all other things being equal, job candidates with straight teeth are seen as 45% more likely to get hired." She did not have straight teeth when she was younger, which contributed to her insecurity. She saved up enough money for braces when she moved to New York to further her career and unfortunately, her boss didn't see her pass the braces. She got them removed after a year and started Invisalign for convenience. During and after her treatment, she received two promotions and she is sure happy with the results. 

Recent statistics show that after Orthodontic treatment, 83% patients ages 18-54 see improvement in their personal relationships, 58% have more success in their career and 92% of the surveyed patients would recommend Orthodontic treatment to other adults. If you are still afraid that you won't look as great in braces, there are more cosmetic options such as Invisalign or lingual braces. Visit our facebook for more information and we hope to see you in our office soon. :)

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