Apple Valley, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (, in Apple Valley shares a new study that shows that many people aren’t happy with their smile.

Over a quarter of the population doesn’t like smiling because of their teeth, according to a new study. The study data indicates that 81% of people think their teeth look bad in pictures, and because of that, 28% don’t even smile in photographs.

The study was conducted by Bupa, an international healthcare group, and included about 2,000 participants. The study also showed that 42% of people said their smile was the first thing they would change about themselves and slightly more than one third of the people said they were embarrassed by their smile.

There are a lot of dental issues that can cause a person to be too embarrassed to show off their smile including: missing teeth, discolored teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, crooked or crowded teeth; teeth that are too short, too long, too big; some or all of the teeth are too small, too feminine, too masculine; space between teeth; teeth that are too square, too rounded, old fillings/discolored fillings; or the person just doesn’t like their smile.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, founder and director of Brite Smiles Dental Care stated “We consider it our mission to change people’s lives by making them more comfortable with and proud of their smile. All dental problems can be totally handled with high quality dentistry. So many people just accept a non-optimum situation with their teeth. We urge them to get the teeth handled and it’s probably easier than they think.”

One recent Brite Smiles patient said “Having my teeth repaired was the best decision I ever made. My smile is now beautiful and my friends say I look 20 years younger. The staff is wonderful and the work was pain-free and fast.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then he has participated in over 3000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders, and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on orthodontics services and options from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit, or call 952-891-8484.