A NEW survey has revealed that the pandemic has impacted UK adult’s self-perception of their smile.
The research found that more than half of British adults have changed the way they smile due to online video calls and one in ten feel self-conscious seeing their smile.
Along with a third being more aware of the colour of their teeth and 24 per cent more conscious about the alignment of their teeth.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation said: “Physical interactions have been limited over the last 12 months, and for many, have been replaced with gatherings online.
“This technology has been an invaluable tool, whether it be facilitating business meetings or allowing grandparents to see their new-born grandchildren for the first time. It has also led to us seeing our own face, and smile, far more than we are used to.”
He added: “The colour and shape of our teeth are the first things we tend to notice and feeling self-conscious is quite normal.
“What we must remember, however, is that the most important part of the smile, is its health.”
The survey also uncovered that the pandemic has impacted the development of new social connections.
Our smiles are an important asset in how we communicate our thoughts and show our emotions.
Nearly two-in-three participants said smiling is crucial in developing new relationships and believe covering a smile with their mask has harmed forming these connections.
As far as 62% of female respondents said that they have struggled to form connections with others due to wearing a face mask.
As national smile month begins (from May 17 to June 17), people are encouraged to reflect on their smile and take steps to a healthier and happier future.
Dan Parsons, marketing director of UKI, Align Technology said: “As the UKI starts to gradually ease restrictions and come out of the pandemic, many of us are finding more reasons to smile again.
“We are proud to partner with National Smile Month, supporting the efforts of consumers for a healthy, beautiful smile.”
A healthy mouth can be maintained through an effective oral hygiene routine, including brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste along with regular visits to the dentist.