Is Dating Someone With Bad Teeth A Deal Breaker?

Imagine you’ve been set up on a blind date. You don’t know anything about this person except that your mutual friend thinks, “you guys would be great together”, and that he/she has an affinity for dogs and works in finance. So you put on your Sunday best, take a quick shot of liquid courage, and head off to a nice (but not too nice) restaurant to find out if the stars have finally aligned. However, when you finally meet said person, you immediately realize the one thing your friend conveniently failed to mention- they have terrible teeth.

Do You Have A Winning Smile?


As of 2016, professional teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.

For many people, bad teeth are a deal breaker. In fact, a recent study suggests that nearly 50 percent of us believe that a great smile is the most important feature in making a good impression; and even more important when considering a potential love interest.

In a recent interview, Dr Mark Hughes, founder and clinical director of the Harley Street Dental Group in London, comments on the importance of a good smile. “If someone has a strong smile, you feel they are a strong person and that is very attractive. It is becoming more and more culturally unacceptable to have discolored, missing and crooked teeth.”

Similarly, according to psychotherapist and novelist, Lucy Beresford, our brains are hardwired to associate good teeth with youth. “Having good teeth is a sign of youth and fertility-in our psyche, good teeth equal fitness and vitality.”

But what about the other 50 percent? Are bad teeth always a hard no, or can their be charm in a slightly imperfect smile?

New York native, Megan, 26, agrees with the latter. “I love a quirky smile. I think when it comes to teeth, health is more important than perfection,” says Megan. “If someone’s smile isn’t blindingly white, or they have a couple of crooked teeth or a gap, it’s definitely not a deal breaker. Just so long as they are confident in their smile and own it. Yellow, unhealthy teeth on the other hand- no way. Hygiene is important.”

“I love a quirky smile. I think when it comes to teeth, health is more important than perfection.”- Megan, 26, New York


A ‘diastema’ is a space or gap between two teeth. It is actually a very common trait among many species of mammals.

Indian fashion photographer, Anushka Menon, also doesn’t mind a few flaws. “I love the gap!” she says in a recent interview with Vogue. “When you have a face and body to go with it, that imperfection seems like the icing on the cake.”

Sure a million-watt Hollywood smile is not always realistic; and models can get away with gapped-tooth grins; but what about the rest of us? Surely not everyone is as open-minded as Megan when it comes to the dating scene.

For Samuel, a 31-year-old consultant from Queensland, there is nothing cute or charming about a bad smile. “When I meet a girl it is the first thing I notice. I’ve gone out with girls with crooked and discolored teeth before and honestly, it was distracting. Maybe I’m shallow, but I think bad teeth are a major turn off. I know that not everyone can afford braces or cosmetic surgery, but even just a little teeth whitening can go a long way.”

“I’ve gone out with girls with crooked and discolored teeth before and honestly, it was distracting. Maybe I’m shallow, but I think bad teeth are a major turn off.”- Samuel, 31, Queensland


12 out of 20 woman confessed that having a great smile is one of the biggest turns-on in a man.

Gretchen, a 34-year-old mother of two from London, also advocates getting a little help if your smile isn’t naturally as appealing as you’d like.

“When I was in my early twenties I had a terrible time dating and meeting men. Growing up, my family did not have enough money for braces, so I always had slight space between my front teeth. I’m not sure it was something other people noticed much, but it absolutely killed my self-esteem. I could never laugh and flirt with confidence like my girlfriends. And any time we took group photos I’d give my best, toothless grin. So at 25 I decided to save up and get porcelain veneers. For me it was about feeling comfortable in my own skin and finally fixing a pesky problem. I think my newfound confidence must have been noticeable because I met my now husband about 6 weeks after the procedure.”

Ultra popular dating app, Tinder, also released recent data to support that people who smile in their profile photos (regardless of the shape, color or size of their teeth) receive 10 times more ‘swipes right’ than those who don’t. 

“I think it’s all personal preference,” Adam, 23, Philadelphia adds. “When I meet someone out at a bar, or online, I am much more interested in their personality and interests, rather than how white or straight their teeth are. Sure, looks are important, but someone’s smile is only a small fraction of what makes them “datable” or attractive.”

Patient Profile: Would A New Smile Change Your Life?

Meet Ingrid- Dental Veneers

Your teeth are often the first thing people notice when they meet you; and your smile can make or break a lasting, good first impression. Like many young men or women, Ingrid, 26, wished she had a better smile. Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with Ingrid, and discuss how cosmetic dentistry and dental veneers have totally transformed her smile and confidence. Here’s what she had to say:


Ingrid, 26, after being fitted with 8 new veneers at the Mediestetik Clinic in Prague, Czech Republic

Q: Welcome Ingrid, and thanks for taking time to chat with us today! Your currently living in Germany, right? 

A: Hey, thanks for having me. And yes, I am from the United States but have been living in Germany for several years. It’s been a great experience living abroad and seeing more of the world.

Q: Excellent! And you recently had 8 brand new dental veneers fitted. Tell us a little bit about why you chose this procedure.

A: Well, since I was a child I’ve always had gaps between my teeth. When I was young it didn’t bother me so much, but as I got older I guess I started to feel more self-conscious about it. I started hiding my smile in photos and always felt like it was the first thing people noticed. Basically, I wanted to close the gaps and make my smile as close to perfect as possible.


Ingrid in Prague, Czech Republic, before her first appointment

Q: How long had you been thinking about cosmetic dentistry before your procedure?

A: Well, I had always thought about fixing my teeth, but it wasn’t until I was around 19 years old that I started to seriously consider it. However, at the time I didn’t exactly know what dental veneers were or how much they cost until I started to do some research. Then my problem became finding out where to go and who to talk to about them. I really needed help looking for affordable prices and reputable clinics.

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Q: What made you decide to come to Prague for your dental treatment?

A: In Germany it’s expensive to have veneers done; same goes for the U.S. I had through some friends that it might be a lot cheaper to have dental procedures and surgeries done in Prague- and it was! Each veneer cost approximately 330 EUR/350USD. 

  • Price per composite veneer in Germany: [450-800 EUR]
  • Price per composite veneer U.S.:[250-1,500 USD]

Q: And where did you first hear about Salutara?

A: I was actually just Googling cosmetic dentistry on the internet when I came across a blog post from At the time I was talking to several other medical travel facilitators, but Salutara was the one I liked most. Immediately I could tell they would go above and beyond to make my trip convenient, safe and comfortable.

Q: How was your experience with the clinics and the doctors?

During the entire procedure they were extremely attentive and concerned about whether or not I was feeling okay or if I was in any pain. My surgeon and the staff at the Mediestetik Clinic were were really nice, their English was excellent, and they really made me feel 100% comfortable throughout the entire process.


Salutara Co-Founder, Petr Vankat, and Salutara client, Ingrid, exploring Prague in between appointments.

Q: And how was your experience with Salutara?

A: As soon as I contacted Salutara I got a message from Petr. I explained what I wanted and everything was really fast. I’d say in a matter of less than a week I already had everything planned and they had everything done for me. They also helped me plan my stay here; decide which clinic was best for me; were here for all of my appointments, and Petr even helped me park my car- which was really great!

Q: How do you feel about the results? And what would you tell other people thinking about cosmetic dentistry? 

A: In one word: Happy. I feel extremely happy and am so excited about the results. After so many years of feeling self-conscious about my teeth, this is like a fresh start. It’s life changing. I have a beautiful smile now and I look forward to showing it off.

And for those who are thinking about getting veneers, or some kind of cosmetic dentistry, I highly recommend you do it! Life is short, and with today’s technology, having a procedure like mine is so quick and painless. Also I highly recommend looking into traveling abroad. I know people are hesitant about it, I was too even though I was already living abroad; but prices are significantly cheaper but the quality is still top-notch. You won’t regret it!

Ingrid’s Video Interview: Click Here To Watch!