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Science behind a smile: What makes us attracted to a nice smile?

Science behind a smile: What makes us attracted to a nice smile?
Science behind a smile: What makes us attracted to a nice smile?

Valentine’s Day.

It’s great for those of us who have found that special someone, but not so great for the rest who are about to spend another year wondering why we’re still single.

There could be a handful of reasons  – from bad manners and dirty fingernails to double texting and messy bedrooms. But have you thought about how your teeth could be setting you back?

Studies show that a nice smile makes you more attractive to potential partners, and in a 5500-people survey conducted by, 58% of men and 71% of women ranked teeth as the most attractive asset their date can have.

So, what is it that makes us so attracted to healthy teeth?

Our experts here at Bow Lane Dental Group reveal all in this article.

So, what makes us attracted to a nice smile?

It’s no secret that a properly aligned, pearly white smile can work wonders on our confidence. And when we feel confident about something, it’s only natural that we want to show it off.

Your smile is one of the first things a potential partner might notice about you, and when they see you smiling, they’re likely to do the same in response. 

The stimulation of the smile muscles releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body – which they will then associate with spending time with you, likely earning you a second date.

However, if your teeth aren’t in great condition, you’re less likely to want to put them on display. This can make you seem reserved and disinterested – setting the tone for the rest of your time together. 

What makes a nice smile? 

So, it’s safe to say that your smile alone speaks volumes when you’re out on a date – but what makes a beautiful smile? 

Some of the primary characteristics of an attractive smile are as follows:

  • Teeth colour – the colour of your teeth is the most obvious thing about your smile, and both men and women commonly find that yellow-looking teeth are a turn-off or, in the worst-case scenario, a deal-breaker when looking for a partner.
  • Your gums – your smile isn’t exclusively about your teeth, and your gums are just as important when it comes to its appearance. According to Bupa, 90% of adults in the UK have some gum disease – which can cause swelling, redness and, in some cases, bleeding. Of course, these aren’t very attractive smile traits, and can actually have some serious health implications if left untreated.
  • Teeth alignment – the most attractive smiles are those that are properly aligned. If your teeth are crooked or gappy, it can make something seem ‘off’ to potential partners.

Can I fix my smile?


There are plenty of ways you can transform your smile to make you appear more attractive to potential partners.

Maybe you’re looking to get rid of any discolouration, or you want a speedy solution for straighter teeth?

All you might need is a quick hygiene appointment before your Valentine’s Day dinner to check that you’re all good to go

Whatever your smile goals, we offer a range of different cosmetic and corrective treatments here at our dentist in London – including everything from Zoom teeth whitening and Invisalign braces to composite bonding and veneers – to help make your smile more appealing.

Get your smile Valentine’s Day ready with Bow Lane

If you’re tired of unsuccessful dates and your annual night in with the dog on the 14th of February, you know what to do.

Whether you’re on the hunt for top-quality London teeth cleaning treatments, want to restore chipped or cracked teeth or get rid of gaps, we’re the ideal team to make your smile dreams come true.

To find out more about how we can help transform your smile at our dentist in London or to book a consultation with our experts, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Call 020 7236 3600 to chat with us directly, or send our friendly reception team an email to and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible!

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