The Important Role A Smile Plays In Dating, According To The Experts

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“What do you find most attractive?” It’s a common dating app prompt that I’ve seen on countless profiles, and the answer is almost always: “a great smile.” As a single woman living in Los Angeles — and spending the better part of my life single in NYC — I’ve been on many apps and many dates, and what I’ve learned is this: A really great smile truly is one of the simplest, most effective ways to win over a date. 

I know this from having experienced both ends of the spectrum: There was the one whose tight-lipped stoicism made me feel ill at ease; there was one whose swoon-worthy smile made me weak in the knees. I never thought of myself as someone who really put too much value on a smile (I was always more of a “nice eyes” and charisma kind of gal), but swoon-worthy man had probably the prettiest smile I’d ever seen. I could not take my eyes off him. I took note of how he smiled as he attentively listened to a story I was telling, how much he openly laughed, how his face lit up as he excitedly told me about his new dog, using his hands for emphasis.

It’s important to note that a smile doesn’t have to be “perfect.” Desiree Yazdan, DDS and Crest partner, says that a well-kempt smile, aka having good oral hygiene and healthy teeth, is often the key to more confidence — and thus, better dating. Her patients have often reported better dating experiences when they improve their smiles. “People want to look their best; they want to feel their best,” says Dr. Yazdan, who suggests taking a hard look — a “Reality Checkup” — at your current toothpaste, because it might not be benefiting you like you think. If it’s not, she recommends Crest 3DWhite Brilliance Vibrant Peppermint Toothpaste as her go-to first line of defense, because, unlike other toothpastes, this one achieves a noticeably whiter and brighter smile in just three days and is designed to remove 100% more stains than basic toothpastes. “If they’re embarrassed because their teeth are stained or for any other reason, they don’t want to be going out and meeting people and trying to set up dates.” 

What differentiates a smile — an everyday feature (and verb) that most don’t think twice about — and a “great smile” is the feeling and intent behind the act. An open, friendly smile communicates warmth, happiness…and in dating, that aforementioned confidence.  

“Someone displaying a ‘good’ smile is likely to be perceived by others as someone who is confident, friendly, approachable — these are all desirable qualities, especially when it …read more

Source:: Refinery29


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