Why Selfies Matter When You’re Over 40
Do you think you’re beyond investing in your appearance? Think again… there can be huge benefits to investing in your appearance even as you get older
Confidence is important at any age, and feeling confident in part is to do with your appearance and how you feel about yourself. Cosmetic dentistry is a way many people choose to improve their appearance and it can make a big difference to the appearance of your entire face – not just your smile.
A smile may help your online dating profile
Not only is a smile a kind and friendly attribute it can also make you seem approachable and it can improve your appearance in a dating context. Now more than ever there are people over 40 visiting online dating sites and if you’re looking for ways to improve your online dating profile – a photo with a beautiful smile is a great place to start.
Having a missing tooth or a yellow smile could be a major turn off…
Think no one cares about your smile? Wrong. 85% of adults agree that an unappealing smile can negatively impact your appearance. (According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry)
This means that if you’re on eHarmony, RSVP or any other dating site people are scrutinising not only your interests and your personality but also your appearance – even if you are over 40 or 50!
Does my dating profile photo really make a difference?
According to a study performed by Wired Magazine based on OK Cupid statistics the answer is indeed, yes it does. Here are some quick stats for you and your smile:
- 54% of ‘selfies’ are considered attractive when showing a smile with teeth
- 23% were considered attractive with no smile
- Only 13% were considered attractive when smiling with no teeth
This means that in some cases looking sultry with no smile at all was better than smiling with a closed mouth!
Some other tips for improving your dating profile picture include making sure:
- It’s clear
- Recent (within the last year) – no photos from 1999!
- Big enough to properly see you (aim for at least a wallet size)
A smile may also benefit you in the office
Did you know that 87% of people remember someone with an attractive smile? So if you’re worried about being overlooked and forgotten because of your age maybe it’s time to invest in a show-stopping smile. A white and straight smile also tends to look healthier and well-groomed or polished which may suit your business appearance.
So where do I begin improving my smile?
There a lot of ways you can improve your smile. Here are some of the most popular ways:
Professional teeth whitening performed by your dentist (in- chair) is a great, safe way to get instant results. At-home whitening with an approved whitening gel is still effective although offers a more gradual improvement.
Addresses: Most stains on the surface of the teeth
Veneers are very thin porcelain shells placed on the outside of your teeth. They are secured with special glue and should last for years if cared for correctly.
Addresses: Yellow teeth, white flecks on the teeth, small chips, misshapen teeth – basically all cosmetic problems that do not require restorative work.
Dental implants address missing teeth or a full arch of missing teeth. If you have one missing tooth or if you wear dentures then dental implants are a way to still feel like you have your natural teeth. Many people prefer this as dentures can make anyone feel older than they are as they’re generally removable and require special cleaning practices.
Dr Rammo at justSMILE in Ramsgate Beach near Kogorah in St George (Sydney) performs all of these procedures. He even provides injectable anti-wrinkle treatments so that every part of your smile and face can undergo an anti-ageing makeover.