When you have a crooked smile, one side of your smile is bigger than the other side or uneven.
So, what causes this? There are all sorts of reasons why your smile might be uneven. Some of the most common causes are:
- An uneven gums: There are cases where one side of your gum line can drop down lower than the other side, giving the impression of asymmetry.
- Misaligned teeth: If your teeth are crooked, tipped, or rotated, your smile can appear jagged and uneven.
- Disproportionate teeth: Our natural teeth can be of different sizes in some cases. If the difference is noticeable, your smile can seem unbalanced.
How do people perceive a crooked smile?
Whether we like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance.
Straight teeth = More successful
A study shows that Americans perceive those with straight teeth as 45% more likely to get a job than those with crooked teeth.
They are also perceived as 58% more likely to be successful and 58% more likely to be wealthy.
Straight teeth = Good personality
People have more favorable descriptions of men and women with straight teeth than those with crooked teeth.
Bad teeth = Biggest turn-off
According to the study, 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. The study also found that 22% of Americans unhappy with their smile think that better teeth would lead to better love life.
Source: First Impressions Are Everything
How to prevent a crooked smile?
To prevent having a crooked smile, we should start taking care of it in our early years.
- Practice healthy dental hygiene like daily brushing and flossing from a young age through adulthood.
- Avoid biting your nails or using toothpicks excessively.
- Chew on both sides of your mouth.
- Sleep on both sides evenly. If you sleep on your back, don’t worry about switching sides.
- Fix the gaps in your teeth as soon as possible.
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