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Let Your Smile Make the Right First Impression

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Patners, Newton, MASpring is a season of renewal. Maybe this is the time change your life. Maybe look for a new job, a new love, a new look? Start with a new smile. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "positive impressions often come down to the power of an attractive smile. So, when it comes to that desired job interview, candidates should flash those pearly whites to make a positive impression".

A study says that 48% of adults think a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time. This is even more powerful than the spoken word which raked in 25% of respondents. The way someone dresses pulled in 9% and the way someone smells got 8% of respondents.

It’s pretty close across generations since 52% of adults older than 50 and 45% of the 18-49 demographic are most likely to remember a smile after they’re introduced to someone for the first time.

That said, it’s not just any smile that gets remembered. It has to be attractive in order to be equated with a positive first impression. So, how does one define an appealing smile?

Well, the same survey revealed that some Americans view people differently if they have crooked or stained teeth. That’s viewed as less attractive, according to 37% of respondents. In fact, 25% of survey participants indicated people were viewed as less confident than people with “perfect” teeth.

Other than the tip to smile at a networking event, job interview, and anything related to first impressions, smile online as well for your professional headshot for all of your social media profiles.

To put your best smile forward this Spring, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Patners.