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Teeth 'can provide personality insights'
Updated: 7/2/2008 2:00:29 PM

Have you ever thought about what your teeth say about you?

Most people realize that a bright white smile can influence first impressions, but according to the American Dental Association (ADA) a person's teeth can also indicate personality traits and more, Newsweek reports.

For example, small and round teeth apparently look feminine, while flat, square teeth give a masculine appearance. In terms of age, dentists suggest that longer teeth look more youthful.

The appearance of a person's teeth could also influence their success in the workplace, according to the magazine. It spoke to Dr Joe Carrick, president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, who stated that sharp teeth make a person look aggressive.

By contrast, he suggested that a boss with tiny teeth is likely to be perceived by their employers as "easygoing, kind of a pushover".

"More bold teeth, maybe even a toothy smile and people will respond differently," he added.

Julie Beatty, a mining executive, told the publication that she has spent $12,500 on straightening, enlarging and whitening her teeth in the hope that they will "bring strength and character" and boost her career.

This new focus on the impact of teeth on success could account for the increase in popularity of cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers or orthodontics.

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