Most women shudder at the thought of leaving the house without a carefully applied layer of foundation, lipstick, and mascara. Spending hours in front of the mirror and splashing out on expensive cosmetics, as it turns out, however, could all be a waste of time.
According to research, wearing makeup does little to boost a woman’s attractiveness. In fact, scientists say that the trick to appearing more attractive to others have more to do with a person’s facial expressions and natural looks—particularly their smile.
In the research conducted by a gum manufacturer in the UK, about 70 percent of people surveyed considered a woman more attractive if they were smiling than if they were wearing makeup. The researchers used several pictures of women wearing makeup but not smiling, as well as pictures of them smiling but are not wearing makeup. These pictures were shown to a thousand individuals, who were then asked to rate the women in terms of attractiveness and a list of other attributes.
Overall, 73% of the women and 66% of men surveyed rated smiling women more attractive than women who are wearing makeup.
What makes a smile attractive, however? One factor that contributes to the balance of a smile is the proportion of the upper incisors shown. Ideally, a person should have four upper incisors that appear in the smile zone.
The ‘broadness’ of the smile (determined by the width of the upper arch) is a big factor as well. Some people have narrow or ‘collapsed’ arches, which is why when they smile, not a lot of teeth are on display. In an ideal set of teeth, the upper pre-molars on both sides of the buccal corridors (the small black space visible at the corner of the mouth).
In general, attractive smiles have many things in common, such as teeth that are straight, white, unstained, and evenly spaced with no gaps between them.
Perhaps it is time for women to include dental cosmetic treatments as part of their beauty kits. At Glow Dental, patients can choose among our range of cosmetic treatments, including crowns, veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening in Battersea.
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