Good Teeth and their Relationship to Professional Success
Preparing for and going to any job interview can be stressful. You are trying to pitch to the potential employer the fact that you are more than capable of performing a stellar job and you are the best choice among all the other candidates that are as experienced and qualified as yourself.
Probably, you are already halfway into getting the job due to that updated CV plus the great references, however, as you may already know, there is a lot more that goes into nailing that first impression than just the contents on your resume. It is also likely that you carefully chose your interview day outfit because you are aware that looking sharp is important, but have you given any thought to your smile?
Finalizing an interview with a firm handshake, direct eye contact, and a killer smile could be the difference between hearing, “You start next week on Monday,” and “We might give you a call.”
What Your Smile Communicates To an Employer
You might think this is just imagination or being petty, but NO! As a matter of fact, your smile is so impactful that there are numerous scientific studies conducted to establish the link between employment and dental hygiene. A summary of a report about this very issue was published by the British Dental Journal. Evidence found by the study is clear – how your teeth look has a profound impact on people’s perception of you.
The summary, more specifically stated, “The researchers discovered that participants gave people with discolored teeth poor ratings in regards to social competence – how friendly, popular, and trustworthy they appeared -, relationship status, intellectual ability, and psychological adjustment – how self-confident, happy, or introverted they appeared. Conversely, individuals with whiter teeth got positive remarks, which suggest that even tooth color has an influence on how we are perceived.”
To reiterate, when the study’s participants were provided with photos of people with discolored teeth, some actually judged the pictured individual to having a low intellectual ability. Consequently, smiling at a potential employer while having discolored teeth could subconsciously signal to them that you might be intellectually inferior to your competition.
It Is All About Perception
NBC News also shared a feature about the kind of issues that bad teeth could cause for a job seeker or someone looking to further their career. “Most people in the U.S, including employers, tend to pass instant judgments basing on mere appearance – including an individual’s smile and teeth. Those kind of perceptions could inhibit a potential employer from noticing potential assets, said Dr. Robinson, a dentist and the current head of the California Dental Association.”
A bad smile can indeed distract a potential employer from recognizing your true potential. Why is this the case?
Since the beginning, people have always had a deep-rooted belief that bad teeth could also indicate other negative qualities in an individual. A report by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research indicated that “The causal link between damaged teeth and moral turpitude, impotence, sin, and weakness has been under analysis by scholars examining the massive legacy of dental themes in literature and art.” While physical appearance is certainly a significant factor, there is a larger issue at play here. Since time immemorial, teeth have been considered to be an indicator of overall health. There are countless illnesses and diseases that manifest themselves through impacting the gums and teeth. This implies that having diseased teeth could cause society to think you are ill in other aspects as well.
Good Teeth Can Be Your Key To Success
A study conducted for Invisalign by Kelton came to a similar conclusion, “When viewing pictures, most Americans perceived individuals with straight teeth to be 45% more likely to land a job than those with crooked teeth even when both groups had similar skill sets and experience. Additionally, guys with straight teeth are perceived as to be 58% more likely to be financially successful.”
This strong relationship between bad teeth and lacking success implies that when you smile, a potential employer could judge how well you shall perform your job based on your teeth. Employers might not do this consciously, but if the above studies are anything to go by, then it is clear that most of society subconsciously links a nice set of pearly whites to successful individuals.
Another significant issue with having damaged teeth is that people at times attempt to hide them. We all know of someone that rarely smiles. It could be that they are simply reserved, or it could be that they are just covering up their bad teeth. As such, employers might interpret this behavior as being unfriendly or impersonal.
This can seriously affect an individual’s employability. It is even more of an issue when searching for a job where you need to directly with the public or interact with others. The positions will not be ideal for you if you are not comfortable smiling and speaking up because you are conscious about your teeth.
Your Smile Speaks Volumes About You
A nice smile is not only about how good it looks but also how proud of it you are to share it. Business success has been proven to not only count on your abilities and performance but also about how confident and personable you seem to other people. Those that come into contact with you need to feel your joy and confidence while conducting business with you. Smiling is the topmost way of gaining anyone’s trust.
Your smile is what draws people towards you because they feel comfortable being around you. Are you proud of your smile? Is it people and business ready? The effort you put into improving your skill set needs to also be focused on understanding the power your smile has into making you a successful individual.
Take action today. The following are treatment options offered by your cosmetic dentist.
Also referred to as dental porcelain laminates; these are thin, customized shells of tooth-colored materials that have been designed to cover your teeth’s front surface to enhance their appearance. When these shells get attached to your teeth, they change the teeth’s shape, color, size, and length.
Dental veneers can be designed out of resin composite materials or from porcelain. Porcelain is better at resisting stains than resin dentals and mimics the light reflecting properties of natural teeth better. Conversely, resin dentals are thinner and consequently require less removal of the tooth’s surface before placement. Your dentist should help you choose.
What problems do they fix?
• Discolored teeth.
• Worn down teeth
• Chipped or broken teeth
• Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth.
• Gaps between teeth
• Natural teeth appearance
• Well tolerated by gum tissue
• Stain resistant
• Makes teeth appear white
• Offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance while not needing extensive operations on the teeth.
• Last between five and ten years before needing replacement.
• Do not require special treatment other than good oral hygiene.
2. Dental Implants
These are invaluable at replacing lost or damaged teeth. During the operation, your dentist shall insert a small piece of titanium into your jaw in the place where your tooth is missing. The purpose of titanium is to support a crown. You will hardly notice any difference between your natural teeth and the implants. If there is enough bone and your gum is in good condition, the implant surgery should proceed without a hitch.
Nevertheless, you will need to practice good oral hygiene habits so as to keep the gum clean and the implants in good condition. Implants feature a high success rate of about 98% and can last a lifetime.
• Improved appearance. Since they fuse into your bone, implants more or less feel and look like your teeth.
• Durable. With proper care, they will last you a lifetime.
• Rigid. Unlike dentures, implants will not come off at an embarrassing moment.
Nonetheless, for you to be a candidate for dental implants, you should have:
• Enough bone to accommodate the implant
• Healthy Gums
• Commitment to good oral hygiene
3. Porcelain Crowns
Also known as a cap, this dental crown is made out of porcelain and is designed to replace an entirely damaged tooth above the gum line. The crown restores the tooth’s look, size, shape, and strength. Crowns are excellent at preventing week teeth from breaking as well as holding together cracked teeth. Additionally, they are invaluable as a cosmetic fix to discolored or misaligned teeth. Crowns also come in resin, metal, and ceramic materials. Your dentist will recommend the best type for you even though porcelain ones are the most popular option.
The dental crown fitting procedure typically follows these steps:
• The dentist shapes the tooth then takes its impression plus those of the surrounding teeth and takes them to a dental lab.
• A permanent crown is the created according to the image.
• While the permanent crown is under construction, they will fit you with a temporary one.
• You get fitted with the permanent crown.
Porcelain crowns will take a bit of time to get used to but, over time, will look, feel, and function like a real tooth.
4. Permanent Bridges
Dental bridges work towards bridging the gap that is created by missing a tooth or two. The bridge is made out of two or more crowns on each side of the gap. These crowns are anchoring teeth otherwise referred to as abutment teeth. These false teeth can be created out of metal alloys, porcelain, gold, or a combination of those materials. As such, dental bridges are given support by either implants or natural teeth.
• Restore your ability to speak and chew properly
• Restore your smile
• Maintain the shape of your face
• Prevent the teeth next to the gap from drifting out of position
• Distributes the force in your bite
Permanent bridges can last from anywhere between 15 years and a lifetime if you maintain proper oral hygiene as well as having regular checkups.
Eating will become easier, however, do not use the bridge to chew on hard foods until you get used to it.
5. Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is the most basic of dental cosmetic procedures that your dentist can do for you. Your dental specialist will perform bleaching or whitening after removing debris such as plaque from your teeth’s surface to restore their natural look. Your teeth will get stained over the years and become worn, yellowish, or stained due to drinks, foods, medications, as well as habits such as smoking. Teeth whitening removes these stains and leaves your teeth looking white and shiny.
Nevertheless, teeth whitening does not have permanent effects. Exposing your dentals to beverages and foods that may cause staining will cause the whiteness to fade thereby requiring a subsequent procedure.
A killer smile could be your ticket to a killer job as well. Do not let your competition have this advantage over you. As such you need to consult the services of a cosmetic dentist to realize the Hollywood smile that is an asset. South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics are California’s leading dental practitioners. We have clinics in Inglewood, Gardena, Hawthorne, Torrance, Carson, Redondo Beach, Lawndale, and El Segundo. Contact us today for an appointment.