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Monday, March 31, 2008

The 2 Most Attractive Facial Features

When it comes to facial features, it's our teeth and eyes that make our faces most attractive, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Eyes are the window to your soul, and large, round eyes with that oh-so-innocent look are deemed the most attractive. Coy women can use their expressive eyes to appeal to a man's ego. What is not attractive are bulging, bloodshot eyes. To make your eyes look their best, get enough sleep so they are clear and shining. Use make-up if you prefer, but not too much.

When you smile, it's your lips and teeth that send a message--from charming to sexual. An open smile is dazzling and hard to resist. "Study after study show that people think that what is beautiful is good," psychologist Adrian Furnham, co-author of "The Psychology of Physical Attraction," told the Belfast Telegraph. It may not seem fair, but attractive people are more likely to win at the game of life, getting the best jobs and making the most friends.

How do you rate your smile? If you're like the 78 Norwegian participants in this survey, you would rate your smile higher than your dentist would. Specifically, the volunteers, none of whom were actively seeking cosmetic dentistry and who ranged in age from 22 to 84, were asked to rate their smiles on a 100-point satisfaction scale. Their dentists were asked to do the same thing, using photographs of their regular patients to make the assessment. The results? The patients gave themselves an average score of 59.1, compared with the dentists' much lower rating of 38.6. "The fact that the patients had much higher opinions of their smiles than we dentists did is interesting," the researchers wrote in JADA.

Here's the difference: Even if our teeth aren't perfect, most of us are accepting of and contented with our smiles. Dentists are looking at something entirely different, including lip lines, tooth shade, spacing and crowding. Still, taking care of your teeth--brushing, flossing and seeing the dentist every six months--protects one of your most beautiful assets.
source: Netscape.com

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