We know that your smile can affect your love life and that your teeth and gums can predict your overall health and wellness, but your smile can also impact your professional life. We believe in the power of your smile so much that, in many cases, a smile makeover might be a bigger boost for your career than adding to your resume.
Certainly, we would all like to believe that, in the professional world, it’s brains and experience that matter most. After all, we don’t typically put our photos on our resume – but our schooling and prior jobs are on there. Those are the factors that count, right? Well, of course they do. But, at some point, you will meet face-to-face with a potential employer, client, or customer. Will your smile hold up and help you make a memorable first impression – in a good way?
74% of Americans believe an unattractive smile can
negatively impact career success. ~ American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
The Power of Your Professional Smile
There are professions where your appearance does play a hand, whether you want it to or not. Whether you’re a teacher, attorney, realtor, handyman, salesperson, or medical professional, you’re interacting with people on a regular basis and your teeth are front and center. Instead of hearing what you say, people can easily be distracted by stained teeth, chipped teeth, missing teeth, or crooked teeth. Or they may notice that you’re uncomfortable speaking in front of them – and it’s not necessarily because you don’t believe in yourself or in whatever it is you’re talking about, but because you’re embarrassed by how you appear.
Being ashamed of your smile can tank your professional life. Knowing and believing that you look good will support you in landing the deal, winning the case, making the sale, or proving your point. You’ll smile more, you won’t be self-conscious of what’s happening with your teeth, and you’ll just be more relaxed and able to focus on the matter at hand, rather than worrying about how you’re being perceived.
People are judging you, whether you like it or not, in a professional environment. If you can’t take care of your teeth, how can you take care of someone else’s needs or business?
The Look of Professionalism
If you’re focused on your career success, you no doubt invest plenty in your appearance, whether it’s with the right clothes, shoes, accessories, car, or zip code. You go to the gym or eat the “right” things at lunch. You look the part – except for your teeth. And none of the rest of it matters all that much if your smile doesn’t paint the right picture.
A smile makeover can help you:
- Look smarter
- Look younger
- Look wealthier
- Look healthier
- Be more confident
- Look more attractive
- Be more persuasive
- Speak with greater authority
- Look more trustworthy
- Look like a CEO, even if you’re not one
If you are afraid to speak up in a meeting, if you’re concerned about eating out with colleagues, if you have your hand over your mouth far too often, or if you offer a closed-mouth grin instead of a hearty laugh, all because of your teeth, then it’s time to do something about the problem. Contact Dr. Yolanda Cintron at Fort Lauderdale’s International Center for Dental Excellence to schedule your smile makeover evaluation today. Teeth whitening can happen on your lunch break, and cosmetic dentistry solutions like porcelain veneers or Cerinate Lumineers, in some cases, can be placed in as few as two visits. Smile more. It’ll make you happier, and help you achieve a better career.