Value of a smile

About:

  • Smiles are such an important part of communication
  • We see them far more clearly than any other expression.
  • We can pick up a smile at 300 feet, the length of a football field

Smiles and the Social Arena:

  • 94% of those polled said they are likely to notice a persons smile when they meet them for the first time.
  • Almost half agree (45%) that bad teeth are a sign of bad personal hygiene.
  • An overwhelming majority of adults (85%) consider a persons smile to be very important at initial meeting.
  • 33% agree bad teeth overshadows the rest of a persons appearance.
  • 71% believe people with a nice smile make friends more easily than people with crooked teeth.

Smiles and the Workplace:

  • 74% perceive an attractive smile as important for getting the job of their dreams.
  • Over one-third agree that a person with bad teeth gets fewer job promotions.
  • Three out of four adults (75%) think an attractive smile is important for succeeding in the workplace.

Smiles and the Opposite Sex:

  • 84% of adults perceive having an attractive smile as important for getting a date with Mr.or Ms. Right.
  • An overwhelming majority of adults (85%) consider a persons smile to be very or somewhat important at first meeting.
  • Almost 9 out of 10 (86%) think people with good teeth are more attractive to the opposite sex.

The value of a smile by anonymous:

  • It costs nothing to create much
  • It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give
  • It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes last for ever
  • It cannot be begged, borrowed or stolen, but is of no earthly good to anyone until it’s given away
  • So if in your hurry you run across someone too weary to smile, leave one of yours
  • No one needs a smile as much as the one who has none to give

This survey was commissioned by Align Technology, Inc. and conducted by Harris Interactive