Do you smile for a living? You might not be a person who builds their career on appearance alone like a model or actor, but how you look to clients, colleagues, and customers can be the boon to your business, or the kiss of death.
A study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 74 percent of Americans believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success. Think about it: Do you work in real estate? Sales? Law? Any profession that requires you to be front and center to promote a product, encourage a purchase, deliver information, or be persuasive in any way means it’s important that you look the part.
Your Smile Impacts Your Professional Reputation
How much do you spend annually on your career wardrobe? New suits, shoes, luggage, technological equipment – all of these elements paint a picture of who you are as a professional. You want to present an accomplished, I’ve-got-it-all-together air to every person you meet. You want to be perceived as the person who is intelligent, trustworthy, and worth the time.
Unfortunately, one look at a broken-down smile can have a potential client or customer making their mind up on the spot. Some people believe that if you can’t be bothered to take care of your teeth, how can they depend on you to manage a transaction, oversee a project, or competently represent them?
Look the Part to Land the Role
Your smile can also determine whether or not you are hired for a job. Everyone likes to think it’s all about the resume, but if your desired position is going to depend on regular face-time for you to secure deals, sell properties, or sway judges, a mouth full of broken, missing, crooked, or stained teeth can give your competitor the edge.
Even in-office promotions may go to a junior colleague with a stunning smile instead of you with all of your experience and late nights full of coffee drinking… that have left you with a brown and yellow grin.
Sad but true: How you look is as important as how much you know.
Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions for Busy Professionals
You’re a busy professional, and sitting in a dentist’s chair may be the last thing you want to plug into your calendar. But the truth is that you can’t afford not to make time for a smile makeover. And, thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry doesn’t require weeks or months to complete.
Stained teeth? Teeth whitening options are convenient and fast – they can be done in-office in about an hour or within the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Missing teeth? Dental implants securely fill in the gaps so you can speak, eat, and laugh without worrying about how these activities might compromise the stability of your smile.
Chipped teeth or serious discoloration? Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular, effective options out there for creating a natural-looking new smile. Lumineers are hot on their heels as a pain-free, non-invasive option.
Promote Your Smile
Look like a CEO, even if you’re not. Look like a president, even if you’re not. Give yourself a self-confidence promotion with a new smile – it’ll make you feel that much more accomplished, capable, and motivated, and it can be the difference between success and failure.