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Monday, December 15, 2014

Do Dental Esthetics Have any Influence on Finding a Job?

     There is a close relationship between physical appearance and social attractiveness. The face is the part of the body considered the most important with regard to attraction and interpersonal communications. The mouth and the teeth are important elements in esthetic evaluations, since social and mental well-being might be affected if the appearance of the teeth is esthetically unfavorable.

     Many patients who seek orthodontic treatment are motivated by dental esthetics, rather than by improvement in masticatory function. The psychological and social gains from orthodontic treatment have begun to be more significant than gains in oral health.

     In the evaluation of facial attractiveness, various factors are considered, such as expression, symmetry, and appearance of the teeth. Attractive persons are thought to be more capable, intelligent, responsible, and socially well integrated; they have more prestige and are happier and more successful than those who are less attractive. Starting with this premise, a question arises: Would dental esthetics have an influence on finding a job? Until now, no study in the literature has been concerned about evaluation of this requisite.

     According to a study of this premise published by the American Association of Orthodontists, persons with ideal smiles are considered more intelligent and have a greater chance of finding a job when compared with persons with nonideal smiles. The photographs of persons with ideal dental esthetics were, on average, evaluated as superior with respect to intelligence and likelihood of being hired than were the photographs of the same subjects with nonideal dental esthetics. For the characteristics of honesty and efficiency, no significant differences were observed in the evaluations between those with ideal and nonideal smiles.

Source: American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. Volume 146. Number 4. Oct 2014

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