5 Ways Cosmetic Dental Work Can Advance Your Career
Boosting Professional Success With a Stunning Smile
One thing every professional dreams of, regardless of their industry, is to move upward in their field of interest. You can attend networking events, pursue continuing education courses, and put in extra time at your job to set yourself apart from the competition. But there’s also something else you can do to make a great first—and lasting—impression with colleagues and authorities in your career.
Presenting yourself as well dressed and well groomed go a long way in making new connections and promoting a successful image. However, one particular factor that can significantly impact your career relationships is your smile.
Your smile is one of your most powerful tools in developing strong work relationships, instilling a sense of trust, and showing that you are a confident, happy person. It’s no wonder that busy professionals are flocking to cosmetic dentists to give them an edge.
Cosmetic dentistry is in high demand among professionals.
Cosmetic dental care is for everyone because everyone deserves a healthy smile that also makes them feel confident and attractive. However, the high demand for this type of dental care largely comes from people who are either in professional and corporate settings or simply want to do the most to improve their success.
From attorneys in prestigious law firms to social media influencers on Instagram, any entrepreneur, professional, or business owner who wants to level up in their career can benefit from cosmetic dental care.
Why Your Smile and Your Success Are Intertwined
So why exactly are smiles so important in career success? It comes down to one very significant phenomenon called the halo effect, a phrase coined by researcher Edward Thorndike in the 1920s.
Consider meeting someone for the first time and noticing a positive quality about them, such as their warm, welcoming greeting. You’ve only just met this person, but their open body language and beaming smile have put you at ease. You perceive this person as a happy, friendly person and probably a nice individual to be around. In a professional setting, you might even assume they are confident and successful.
This scenario is the halo effect in motion: the phenomenon of people automatically attributing additional positive qualities to a person based on one initial positive quality. The halo effect is a prime example of why first impressions are such powerful opportunities.
When it comes to triggering the halo effect in people you want to impress, like your boss or coworker, your smile is an invaluable tool. Studies done on the impact of a person’s smile show that people with straight, white teeth automatically make others perceive them as confident, smart, and trustworthy.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Career
With the halo effect in mind, here’s a breakdown of the 5 main ways cosmetic dental care can help you succeed in your career.
1. Your smile makes a lasting first impression.
Physical appearance certainly isn’t everything, but a great smile tends to be a memorable feature. It instantly sets others at ease, and knowing you have a great smile tends to increase your frequency of smiling and talking freely with those around you.
2. Confidence in your smile leads to confidence in your career.
Similar to the above benefit, when you know you have a great smile and fresh breath, you’re going to automatically feel more confident in yourself. This self-confidence leads to more confidence in your interactions with others, the decisions you make in your career, and big moments in your career, like meeting the head of your company or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone to apply for a new position.
3. Bright teeth look healthy and contribute to a polished appearance.
Healthy and white don’t necessarily equate to the same thing, meaning naturally yellow teeth can be healthy, and bright white teeth can have hidden cavities. However, bright teeth with an attractive whiteness level tend to give the appearance of a clean smile and fresh breath, as well as make your smile appear larger and more welcoming. If you’ve ever whitened your teeth before, you already know it gives a little boost to your self-esteem too.
4. You’ll be able to enjoy lunches and dinners with colleagues.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants and having a properly aligned bite makes it so much easier to enjoy meals with company. Not only can you enjoy lunch with a coworker or client, but your physical health will also benefit since you’ll be able to properly and thoroughly chew your food.
5. Maintaining fresh breath and optimal oral health will be much easier.
Straight teeth are easier to take care of, which means your oral hygiene will be much more effective. For example, crowded teeth leave nooks and crannies that trap food debris and plaque. It can be difficult to get plaque off the teeth in these areas, even with exceptional brushing and flossing habits. The result is an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease and often a case of halitosis. Straightening teeth with Invisalign or porcelain veneers can make your oral health much easier to maintain between routine dental checkups and cleanings.
Begin your smile makeover today with Dixon, Boles and Associates.
If you live in or around Wilson, North Carolina, and feel motivated to transform your smile to advance your career, the Dixon, Boles and Associates team can help you achieve your goals.
We provide comprehensive dental care, including popular cosmetic dental services:
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Professional teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Customized smile makeovers
We also provide orthodontic care, including Invisalign and braces, to correct misalignment and stunning dental implants to replace missing teeth. Take the first step today by scheduling an evaluation via phone or online request.