The New Year has seen many resolutions that focus on personal and professional success, including overall physical health and financial goals, including promotions and salary increases at work. Irrespective of your genes, there is a lot you can do to align your physical appearance with areas that are said to contribute to facial beauty, and thereby influencing the impact others have on your success. While we firmly support the principle that beauty shouldn’t be skin-deep, there are certain areas where nurture can go a long way in supporting the beauty of nature.
Symmetrical faces are perceived as more attractive, and more attractive people are perceived as more successful. Orthodontic treatment however not intended solely for the purpose of making smiles more symmetrical, but also to make it easier to keep teeth clean. Crooked teeth prevent toothbrushes and floss from reaching the essential nooks and crannies, which makes it harder for plaque to be removed and easier for tooth decay to set in. While braces and other orthodontic treatments are usually most effective during the early teenage years, adults can benefit hugely from correcting the alignment of their teeth.
Teeth whitening has been promoted as a quick solution to habits that are detrimental to dental health, but not many are aware that adult teeth often become darker with age, as dentine that is naturally yellow in colour, thickens.
A bright, white smile can take years off any face and gives the appearance of overall health,” says Dr Podde. “It also has the added benefit of patients actually wanting to show off their smiles making them instantly appear friendlier and more approachable.
The power of smell on the scale of attractiveness is another contributor that has been the subject of many a paper and poll. Halitosis is a subject that many patients are embarrassed to discuss when they visit the dentist, but it is the perfect place to determine and treat the cause of bad breath.
Plaque causes buildup and discolouration on teeth over the short term, and leads to unsightly tooth decay in the long run. While everyone knows that teeth need to be cleaned at least twice a day, there are many that have never been taught how to clean their teeth correctly. Holding a toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and brushing for at least two minutes to reach all exposed surfaces is a good starting point.
The saying “don’t floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep” is one of the truest sayings of all times. Teeth are the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself. Once a tooth is decayed, an intervention from a dentist is the only way to repair the damaged part in order to restore health and prevent future problems.
Regular check-ups with a dentist are often placed at the bottom of ever-increasing to-do lists, as is having a scale and polish procedure to remove the stubborn build-up that simply can’t be removed by dental care at home. What patients don’t realise is that repairing teeth and diseased gum tissue turns out to be significantly more expensive than the fee charged for preventative care such as scale, polish and fissure sealants. Poor dental health can also lead to numerous diseases affecting rest of the body, such as heart disease, which can lead to even greater medical expenses.”
Although both scientific and informal studies on the topic of the importance of beauty supports the notion that attractive people are more successful, there is one common denominator that keeps the conversation alive; the influence of personality on the perception of beauty.
Regardless of genetics, regimens or interventions, the only everlasting fact is that beauty, regardless of popularity or preference, lies firmly in the eye of the beholder.