Looking younger seems to be a much-desired attribute among the masses. From all-natural cures to plastic surgery, people do a plethora of things to achieve the results they want. But have you heard that a brighter smile could take years off as well?
Stained teeth are inevitable, especially for those who like to get their wine, coffee or cigarette fix. But how much do they affect your appearance? According to new research, they can age you by as much as 12 years.
A panel of volunteers judged digitally-enhanced images of supermodel Kate as looking six years younger when she had a brighter smile than her natural one. When it came to actress Helena Bonham Carter, the volunteers found that her enhanced pearly whites made her look seven years younger.
To further these findings, the volunteers were also asked to guess the age of the models whose teeth were digitally enhanced to look more stained than they actually are in real life. The below model, who is in her 30s, was guessed to be 31 with her white teeth, while the age increased to 37 with her mildly stained teeth, and 43 with her heavily stained teeth.
A model in her 20s was aged at 21 with her real, white teeth, 23 with mildly stained teeth and 25 when it came to the heavy stains.
This male model was guessed to be 28 with his original smile, 32 when he had mildly stained teeth, and 38 when they were heavily stained.
"One of the very first things you notice about people when you first meet them is their teeth. People with bad teeth tend not to smile because they do not want to give off a bad impression. The health of your teeth is also a major indicator of the lifestyle you lead," said Dentist Tariq Idrees, owner of Carisbrook Dental, in Manchester, who carried out the research. "Research has shown people with a nice white smile tend to have more successful careers, get better promotions and on average have higher salaries."
What do you think of these findings?
Source: Daily Mail
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