If you're not, you're not the only one. The smile is the most prominent feature of your face, the one other people often notice first or second, right after your eyes. If your teeth are crooked, stained, or missing, other people might form a negative first impression of you within the first 30 seconds. It could take hours or years to reverse that negativity through extensive conversation and noble, selfless deeds. Do you really have that much time with every client?
In the social arena, 94 percent of those polled said they are likely to notice a person's smile when they meet them for the first time. More than one half (71%) believe people with a nice smile make friends more easily. Over one third agree that bad teeth overshadow the rest of a person's appearance. When meeting someone for the first time, an over-whelming majority (85%) agreed that a person's smile is very important.
These results are from a survey conducted by Harris Interactive Inc., of Rochester, New York, most widely known for The Harris Poll and pioneering leadership in online market research. They polled a representative sample of 1,000 American adults, both men and women, between 18 and 50 years of age. The poll explored the importance of smiles in relation to business and careers, as well as dating and marriage, the social arena, and the overall value of smiles and self-esteem.