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