Unlucky in love? If you’ve watched Online Dating Rituals of the American Male or spent any time online dating yourself, you’ve come to know just how critical people can be of someone’s appearance. Looks matter. Especially your teeth.

Why Your Teeth Matter When Dating Online

Posting a few paragraphs of information about yourself and answering a brief Q&A on your dating profile tell others more about who you are but the first impression is reserved for your photos. If you’re not smiling in any of your pictures in your online dating profiles, others may view you as unfriendly, snobby, depressed, or someone who has something to hide – like bad teeth, or worse. If your picture isn’t reeling people in, no matter your age or gender, they won’t even bother getting to know the rest of you any better before quickly moving on.    

Filters and photo software can certainly solve the broken-down smile problem temporarily, but what do you do when you’re finally ready to meet face-to-face? While editing photos to mask a less-than-perfect smile is one way to attract a potential mate, showing up for that first date with a completely different set of teeth is a sure way to ruin your chances for a follow-up date.

The Straight Truth About Your Smile

People with straight teeth are perceived as more successful, more intelligent, and more desirable. In fact, two out of five Americans would not go on a second date with someone who has crooked teeth. Maybe you’re dealing with even bigger oral health issues – missing teeth, loose dentures, stained teeth. If any of these problems are plaguing you, they’re no doubt affecting your self-esteem as well, limiting your willingness to reach out to others for a date because you are nervous about your smile.

So fix it. A smile makeover can be as simple as teeth whitening. Or you might need more significant treatment from your cosmetic dentist. A thorough examination will be performed to determine what might be causing your oral health issues. If periodontal treatment is needed – often the cause behind a deteriorating smile – that work will be completed first, creating a solid base for your dental implants, porcelain veneers, or dental bridges and crowns.  

You can lose weight, put on makeup, dye your hair, or dress to the nines, but none of this will matter if your teeth tell a different story. Contact Sherman Oaks Dentistry to learn about our new patient special and consult with Dr. Harold Perlaza about the cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you the white, attractive smile you want.