Hav­ing a con­fi­dent smile is at the heart of a teen’s self-im­age

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IN the age of the selfie, it’s not sur­pris­ing to dis­cover that one-third of Aus­tralian teens are dissatisfied with their teeth, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by teeth re­align­ment com­pany, In­visalign. The same sur­vey found 71 per cent of teens and their par­ents be­lieve a nice smile demon­strates self­con­fi­dence.

Even model Ken­dall Jen­ner (pic­tured left) used In­visalign to help cre­ate her mil­lion-dol­lar smile.

The 2018 Teen Con­fi­dence Sur­vey, which polled teens and their par­ents, also re­vealed al­most one-quar­ter of teens be­lieve chang­ing their ap­pear­ance would im­prove their self­con­fi­dence.

“Hav­ing a con­fi­dent smile is re­ally at the heart of self-im­age,” says child and fam­ily psy­chol­o­gist Clare Rowe.

“When some­one doesn’t feel con­fi­dent about their smile then that self-doubt and re­sult­ing anx­i­ety in­fil­trates oth­er­wise en­joy­able so­cial sit­u­a­tions, mak­ing them stress­ful.”

One in four teens are not com­fort­able in their own skin, the sur­vey found, and 75 per cent of those said it was due to their ap­pear­ance. By com­par­i­son, as many as 84 per cent of par­ents of the teens polled be­lieved their child was con­fi­dent, re­veal­ing a dis­crep­ancy with the way teens feel and the way their par­ents view them.

“This means that there are a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of teens strug­gling with the con­fi­dence of how they look and not mak­ing it known to those clos­est to them,” Rowe says.

About 77 per cent of teens felt more con­fi­dent af­ter hav­ing braces put on and one-third of those who haven’t had their teeth aligned said they would have it done, with most be­liev­ing it would im­prove their con­fi­dence. More than 60 per cent of teens said they would pre­fer clear align­ers.

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