research has confirmed the well-known truth, that teeth enhance a person's
beauty and renders them more attractive to a potential mate!
selection is a behavior seen in all members of the animal kingdom, and there
are various methods by which the male and the female of a species select their
potential mate. Many animals and birds exhibit sexual display as a part of
luring their mate. Some show off their physical prowess, others preen
themselves, while yet others fight off opponents to win over their partners.
human teeth are equivalent to a peacock's tail, as they aid in mate selection.
A "proud" peacock can be seen in all his glory during the mating season, when
his splendorous tail is on display to allure his mate. Similarly, a beautiful
set of pearly whites not only symbolizes health and beauty, it also has the
ability to set a mate's heart soaring!
study conducted by researchers from the universities of Leeds and Central
Lancashire to understand the role of teeth in mate selection, pictures of
models were taken and the colour and spacing of their teeth were digitally
changed. Three colors were used in the experiment -- a yellowish brown, healthy
white, and startling white, which is a color that only bleaching can achieve.
photos were then showed to young men and women who were asked about how
attractive they found the models in the photos. It came as no surprise when the
young folks did not find the yellow and widely-spaced teeth attractive.
condition of one's teeth is of great significance as it carries tell-tale marks
of illnesses, genetic conditions and nutritional state of the person. According
to experts, the state of women's teeth is of greater significance as it has
been looked upon as a tell tale sign of age, besides helping to determine how
far she is away from menopause. A man could be drawn to a woman with beautiful
teeth while a woman could look upon another woman with beautiful teeth and find
a competitor in her.
The results of the present study have been
published in the journal PLoS ONE.