We may want a perfect smile but it seems that we favour the natural look more. According to a poll from the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) as part of National Smile Month, a natural smile is the nation’s favourite celebrity smile.
Almost half (49%) favoured a natural smile compared to a straightened smile and whitened teeth being the personal favourite of 20% and 18% of people respectively. The “Gap” and tooth jewellery have certainly gone out of fashion, receiving less than 3% of the overall vote.
It was also found in this poll that Holly Willoughby possesses our favourite celebrity smile, while David Beckham topped the list of favourite male smiles. Prince William, meanwhile, will be delighted to have got one up on his brother, Harry, as 11% of people feel he has the best celebrity smile compared to a meagre 3% of people favouring Harry’s.
This latest survey to mark national smile month reinforces the aim of reminding us that our mouth, teeth and smile are fundamental aspects of our life; they affect our career, personality, relationships, attraction or all-round good health.
Chief Executive of the BDHF, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “It is no coincidence that we associate a confident radiant smile with images of people and celebrities we see every day who we consider to be special. There is no getting away from the fact there is a growing trend towards cosmetic dentistry but it is pleasing to see so many of us are favouring the natural look.
“The growing clamour for cosmetic work may be a result of the way celebrities present themselves, but we must not forget the basics of good oral hygiene. National Smile Month is a great opportunity to learn how simple and effective it can be.”
You can take part in National Smile Month on Twitter by using the hashtag #NSM15