If you’re one of the millions of Americans hoping to climb the corporate ladder, your smile can have more to do with your chances of success than you might think. In reality, our appearance makes the first impression. If your teeth are crooked or discolored, people are going to notice. Despite our better instincts, we tend to make snap judgments about one another based on trivial, superficial observations. The professional and corporate environment is no exception. If your smile isn’t up to your standards, now is the time to take action. Find out how your smile affects your professional life and what you can do to change it.
Depending on what you do for a living, your smile can be one of your biggest assets or one of your biggest detractors. If you interact with customers, your coworkers, or your boss on a regular basis, having a great smile goes a long way. People tend to associate an attractive appearance with ideas of success, happiness, honesty and general likability. In fact, a recent study found that more than half of the study participants were more likely to be hired (58%) and received larger salary offers (53%) after their teeth had been whitened.
A great smile shows that you take pride in your appearance by paying attention to the details. If you’re leading a business meeting, having a nice smile increases your level of confidence, authority and your ability to sway other people’s opinions and beliefs. During a job interview, first impressions speak the loudest. A healthy smile can make all the difference when it comes to landing the job.
But why do we place so much importance on a person’s smile? Some people can’t be blamed if they were born with crooked teeth or if they chipped a few during an automobile accident. Yet, an unsightly smile becomes a judgment call. We tend to relate good oral hygiene with personal success in every way. If a person spends time taking care of their teeth, it means that they’re more likely to be a reliable, hard worker. A great smile makes us feel like we’re in the hands of someone that we can trust, someone who thrives at life in more ways than one.
Just like dressing up for a job interview, there are several ways that you can quickly fix up your broken smile. If your teeth are discolored or yellowing, you can stop by our office for a professional whitening treatment. The procedure usually only lasts an hour and the results will astound you. You can also grab some whitening strips at your local pharmacy or supermarket. Porcelain veneers are an easy solution for covering your broken, chipped or discolored smile. They slip on over your existing teeth to create the healthy smile of your dreams. If you’re looking to spend a little more time in the dentist chair, you can invest in composite fillings or dental implants as a healthier, more permanent option.
Regardless of how you choose to improve your smile, the results will expand your professional opportunities and transform your everyday appearance. Discover a whole new world of possibilities when you overcome your broken smile. Imagine showing off your brand new look to everyone that you meet. Success is just around the corner!