A researcher at London’s King’s College has made some startling discoveries. In a study of “100 or so” volunteers, it turns out that people tend to find those with good teeth more likable than those with rotting teeth. Straight, white teeth good; rotten, crooked teeth not so much. And it seems women are judged more harshly than men when it comes to presenting a toothsome toothy appearance. Who knew? The good news, according to Professor Tim Newton, is that “if you are attractive and have a bit of decay you can probably get away with it.” Other incisive conclusions from the report:
• People who are not classically beautiful may have other attributes that make up for it, such as outstanding wit.
• Tom Cruise once lost a front tooth, but had it replaced.
• People who are already above average in attractiveness stand a better chance of carrying off a less than perfect smile than people who are not so naturally attractive.
• After looking at pictures of so-called “perfect smiles,” people are likely to be less satisfied with their own facial appearance.