Brits worry about their mouth at least once a day according to new research from Align Technology.
The research shows that nearly 40% of us worry about the appearance of our mouth at least once a day, rising to over 50% in the 18-29 age range.
The British Dental Health Foundation says we spend at least 24 hours a year looking at our mouths in the mirror as we clean our teeth; considerably more if we include applying lipstick, or shaving.
Worries relating to our mouths centre more on teeth, than the peripheries (lips, cheeks, chins).
More than half of us worry about the colour of our teeth, while nearly one in four (24%) dislike their ‘overcrowded, gappy or goofy appearance’.
Straightening teeth is the most attractive improvement that can be made to the look of the mouth according to 40% of respondents.
However, a significant number of people are yet to take the step, with nearly a third (31%) of respondents who would like to change the alignment of their teeth.
The survey asked 300 people in January 2015.
They were selected at random from a variety of socio-economic groups, ages and areas.
Half were male and half were female.
Respondents were asked a series of questions about concerns related to the appearance of the mouth.