What do your pearly whites say?
Guys may be boobs men or legs men, but chances are the very first thing they notice will be your smile. We spoke to a sampling of men we work with or spend our nights drinking with and asked them how they feel — and what they see — when they first notice that smile. Turns out, a lot!
While they'll always notice you are pretty and have a lovely laugh (or great ass!), maybe this is extra incentive to floss after every meal and keep up on those whitening visits. (Or for a great at-home alternative, try Luster!) Also, maybe consider using a straw when drinking all of that coffee and red wine. It makes out to be a big help toward not having stained teeth and maybe catching that new guy.
1. Whether or not you have good oral health
Obviously, we all have flaws here and there, but no one wants to make out with someone who looks like they were just in a bar fight.
"I will notice that her visible teeth aren't all f*cked up!" — Anonymous
2. How you laugh
Laughter is everything. You want to have fun together, don't you?
"I honestly don't remember what I noticed about her smile, but I love the way she laughs." — Anonymous
3. Your teeth color
"On our first date, I noticed how white and straight her teeth were, and the next day I went out and bought Crest Whitestrips. I couldn't ask her out on a second date with teeth the color of mine. The crazy thing is, I didn't notice how NOT white my teeth were until I met her." — Anonymous
4. How your eyes light up
"It's the first thing I notice about a woman and what sparks attraction or at least connection. I notice if it lights up their eyes, and that's very important because it shows it's genuine. Having worked in marketing and media for decades I can tell when it isn't. I also notice whether or not it's a tight-lipped smile or not. I like people with a big, joyous grin." — Jim, 40
5. If you can pull off an Anna Paquin tooth gap
"I had a gap between the two front teeth all my life; guys would say, 'I love that gap, it means you're good in bed!' I would hear this from just about every man whether I was married at the time or not. That statement had me think that men don't care about personality or intelligence, just whether or not I was good in bed. It took me 51 years but now the gap is gone." — Andrew, 53
6. If you're lying
"That mouth can do a lot of things it doesn't really want to, but joy and love for life can be seen in the way her eyes reshape to match her smile. You can fake anything but it's hard to lie with your eyes." — Tom, 31
7. If you have an edge
"I'm always looking for something a little crooked in a woman's smile when I first meet her. A little attitude and intelligence, maybe a smirk. A quick comment happily escaping from the side of her mouth. I know smiles can be warm and welcoming and gracious, but I prefer the ones that reveal something assured, world-weary, and sly about the woman in question." — Thomas, 26
8. What you really think about him
"When it comes to what a man notices first on a woman, it may not be what you think. Looking into a woman's eyes for the first time is always telling, but it's her lips that tell the story. Specifically, how she uses her smile.
If she turns her upper lip to one side she's feeling flirtatious. If she shows her teeth, lips wide, corners to the sky, she's excited and open to your presence. What I notice first is how a woman's lips move just before her first words. Her eyes might be the window to her soul, but her lips and smile tell what she thinks about you." — Howard, 38