For baby boomers, looking and feeling young (especially in a society that values youth and vitality) is paramount. One way to appear younger than you are, according to a recent study, is to take care of your smile.
The study, conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry [AACD], showed that people are most likely to underestimate the age of a person if he or she is smiling.
“We tend to find smiling faces more attractive, youthful and upbeat,” says Dr. Ed Lowe, editor-in-chief of the AACD’s Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. “A smile or laugh’s age-defying power may lay in the fact that smile lines make it challenging for an observer to correctly predict a person’s true age.”
Dr. Chiann Gibson, AACD president, who practices in Naperville, Illinois, agrees.
“More than half the people over age 50 believe that a beautiful smile can overcome the effects of aging,” she says.
Which is why, Dr. Gibson continues, 80 percent of adults claim they’d spend money to hide or correct signs of aging, and more than 60 percent would first spend on their teeth rather than on excess weight loss or plastic surgery.
The following tips will help you fight the effects of aging and keep your smile looking young:
“They [baby boomers] see an attractive smile as youthful,” says J.A. Reynolds, AACD Vice President, who runs a private practice in Franklin, Tennessee. “And looking one’s best is a priority in modern society.”