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When asked which presidential candidate has the best teeth,
dentists overwhelmingly chose Mitt Romney’s smile. Will cosmetic dentistry help Romney in his bid for the White House?
February 3, 2008 (San Francisco, California) – A recent Wealthy Dentist survey asked dentists which presidential candidate has the best teeth. The winner was clear: Mitt Romney received a full 50% of the vote, beating all other contenders in a landslide victory. Dentists across the country are impressed with the cosmetic dentistry he has presumably had done.
It's worth noting that Romney also did well in our recent political survey of dentists. The two surveys asked very different questions; that survey asked who should be president, while this one asked simply which candidate has the best teeth. Nonetheless, answers to both
surveys were markedly similar, suggesting that dentists' political opinions bleed into their evaluations of candidates' smiles.
Gender played a clear role in a dentist's analysis of candidates' smiles. Male dentist were overwhelmingly in favor of Mitt Romney (61%), but female dentists did not agree. Women dentist preferred Hillary Clinton's smile (39%) and Barack Obama's (26%) over Romney's (22%).
Geographic location was also correlated dentists' opinions. Rural dentists are almost twice as likely as urban dentists to choose Mitt Romney's smile. On the other hand, urban dentists were more than twice as likely to prefer Hillary Clinton's.
Mitt Romney's teeth left many dentists impressed. "Mitt Romney's smile looks really good," commented a dental specialist. "Even Mitt Romney's smile line fits his face," agreed a Virginia dentist. "Plus, he doesn't try to smile too big." Added a Tennessee dentist, "Romney's look nice. I'm guessing they are laminates or crowns."
A number of dentists admired Barack Obama's teeth. "I like Barack Obama's teeth; they appear natural," said one general dentist. "Barack Obama has beautiful smile," raved another. "He is just blessed with good genetics. His teeth appear to be aligned in an almost ideal Angles Class I occlusion. From a dental esthetic standpoint, the other presidential candidates don't have a chance."
Many dentists had positive words for Hillary Clinton's teeth. "Hillary Clinton has the best overall smile, well-proportioned with her facial features," commented a Wisconsin dentist.
One dentist felt that Barack Obama has the smile America needs. "I think as Commander in Chief a great smile is important because you are constantly in the public eye," wrote a Georgia dentist. "Your smile should be cosmetically pleasing for image, a boost for dentistry as a whole, and an invaluable tool in building rapport for communication to America and the world."
Support for a candidate's teeth does not mean political support. "I would have to say Barack Obama," said one Arkansas dentist. "Yes, it's sad, but true: the worst possible choice for President has the best smile!" A pediatric dentist voiced similar feelings, saying, "Clinton has good teeth but bad politics. Romney has good teeth, but is way too slick."
Of course, dentists did have some criticisms of candidates' teeth. "Mitt Romney's smile looks store bought," said one respondent. "Thompson bruxes," commented a Michigan dentist. "And Huckalberry Hound needs a palatal expander." "Huckabee would be helped by ortho," mentioned a pediatric dentist.
"I think it’s safe to say that Mitt Romney’s great teeth give him an edge over other candidates – particularly among dentists!" said Jim Du Molin, dental consultant and founder of The Wealthy Dentist. "The fact that he has had cosmetic dental work suggests that he takes care of himself and is aware of his public image – which, if I’m not mistaken, would be desirable traits in a president."
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