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News / July 8, 2019

Majority of Irish people think good teeth will improve life

by Siobhan Hiscott

Most people in Ireland believe that improving their teeth would improve their careers and relationships, according to a new survey.

The survey – conducted last month by The James Clinic, a leading Irish dental chain – revealed that the majority of respondents (53.8%) agreed that good teeth and a great smile were important to them because it made them feel more confident, while 19.2% said it didn’t really concern them one way or the other.

A total of 18.6% said having good teeth could possibly help their confidence, while 8.3% disagreed with the sentiment that good teeth and a great smile were important.

Of those who responded to the survey, 28% said they ‘definitely’ held the view that having cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as crowns or veneers, would go a long way towards improving their personal appearance and help their career and relationships. This compared with 26.7%, who said they believed it was ‘probably’ true that better teeth would be good for them, while 24.7% disagreed and 20.7% did not have an opinion.

As for how happy, or satisfied, respondents were with their teeth as they currently are, 42.7% said they were perfectly content with them. But 34% said they were ‘a bit insecure about how they look’, while 12.7% said their teeth were the feature they most wished they could fix, with 10.7% saying they ‘hate how my teeth look’.

Overall, most survey respondents said that cosmetic dentistry was a good thing to improve someone’s overall look, with 33.5% saying ‘maybe’ it was, and 32.9% agreeing with the view that it was ‘definitely’ beneficial.

Some people (17.4%) held the view that natural teeth untouched by cosmetic dentistry were much better. However, 16.2% didn’t know and were not sure about the benefits.

Asked if they would consider having cosmetic dentistry (such as crowns or veneers) if cost was not an issue, 38.4% said ‘absolutely’, while 27% said no, they liked their teeth as they were – 20.1% said they weren’t sure, but would probably go ahead. Finally, a total of 14.5% said: ‘why not?’