A natural smile is ideal

A natural smile
A natural smile is the best smile, says the British Dental Health Foundation

Research coming out of Britain has revealed that most people find a natural smile more appealing than teeth that have been whitened, bejewelled, or those with a midline diastema (which was fashionable for a while). This is despite the ever-growing popularity of cosmetic dental work, and aspirational shots of celebrities with gleaming white teeth. In fact, celebrities with more natural-looking smiles (or perhaps better dentists) topped the list of favourite celebrity smiles.

The research was done by the British Dental Health Foundation to promote National Smile Month, which is coming to an end next week.

CEO of the charity, Dr Nigel Carter, said, “It is no coincidence that we associate a confident, radiant smile with images of people and celebrities we see every day who we consider to be special.  There is no getting away from the fact there is a growing trend towards cosmetic dentistry but it is pleasing to see so many of us are favouring the natural look.

“The growing clamour for cosmetic work may be a result of the way celebrities present themselves, but we must not forget the basics of good oral hygiene.  National Smile Month is a great opportunity to learn how simple and effective it can be.

“Brushing our teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on how often we eat and drink sugary foods and drinks and visiting our dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, will help develop good oral health. Other habits such as chewing sugar-free gum after meals and cleaning in between your teeth using interdental brushes can also improve oral health.”

According to the research undertaken by the foundation, 49 per cent of respondents said a natural-looking smile is the most appealing one. Straightened teeth were identified as a favourite by 20 per cent of respondents, while 18 per cent said they preferred whitened teeth.


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