A beautiful smile can work wonders when it comes to your social life, along with a long list of health benefits, too. But did you know that a straight, confident smile with healthy teeth can also have a positive impact on your career? Whether you’re interviewing for a new position, working towards a big promotion, or trying to get your foot in the door at a company you love, your smile can make a difference. If you’ve ever wondered whether your oral health was holding you back professionally, now’s the perfect time to find out how Dietrich Orthodontics can help you achieve a smile that will stand out from the crowd! Keep reading to find out why you’re more likely to get hired with a straight smile.
How can a smile affect your professional prospects?
When you get right down to it, the truth is, people put a lot of stock in attractive smiles. A study by Kenton Research showed how important a healthy smile can be whether you’re networking, socializing, or participating in a Zoom meeting. That’s because smiles are one of the first things we notice about someone, and the feature we tend to remember the most. That means your smile has a bigger impact than you may imagine.
According to Kenton’s survey, more than three-quarters of Americans remember a person’s smile after meeting them for the first time. If you have a healthy and confident smile, this is good news, as it may help the other person form lasting memories of you. This tips the scale in your favor when you’re hoping to stand out from other applicants and employees!
First impressions matter—and lasting ones do, too
Multiple studies over the years have shown that lasting impressions are made in the first three seconds of meeting someone. In one survey, 31% of respondents said the first thing they noticed about a person’s face was their teeth, while another 26% reported that an attractive smile sticks with them long after meeting someone new.
Need more numbers to be convinced? Almost 50% of those who responded said they believed someone with straight teeth was more likely to land a job over an equally qualified candidate. 58% felt a healthy smile made a person seem more competent, successful, and wealthy, and a staggering 74% of respondents felt someone with a picture-perfect smile would be perceived as more trustworthy than someone with poor oral health or crooked teeth.
It may not be fair to judge a book by its cover, but it’s something that happens every day. You may as well take advantage of it by working towards a confident smile you’ll want to share with everyone around you!
Improve your current job performance
A straighter smile can help you in your current job, too. According to a study done by the Crest Foundation, people who have straight teeth are often perceived as happier and healthier. That’s not all! They’re also viewed as more competent and trustworthy. The study took things a bit further and found that in public-facing jobs, employees with straight teeth are:
- 68% more success in their existing workplace
- 64% more financial success
- Considered 53% more trustworthy than their coworkers with crooked smiles
In jobs where a genuine smile can make the difference between acceptable and excellent customer service, it’s especially important to feel confident about how your teeth look and feel. When you love the way your smile looks, you’ll flash it more often. This is an easy way to add value to a client’s experience and keep them coming back for more!
Get a standout smile with Damon braces
Here at Dietrich Orthodontics, we use the Damon system to give our patients a smile they can be proud of. The innovative Damon braces use unique high-tech wires to straighten the teeth faster than traditional braces with fewer adjustments and less pressure. Damon braces are also self-ligating, which means there’s no need for elastic or metal ties. The braces are attached to a “shape memory” wire that is very light and that connects slide brackets without the pressure that traditional elastics often produce.
The tie-ins typically used with traditional braces can cause friction and pressure, making treatment less comfortable. This can sometimes add to the total treatment time as well.
The Damon system uses a patented slide mechanism to hold the archwire in place while allowing teeth to move freely without as much friction. Since there are no elastic ties, no tightening is required! Damon braces are also less likely to attract plaque since they tend to be easier to clean.
Damon braces are very efficient and capable of correcting a wide variety of orthodontic issues. They’re often able to align the teeth in less time than other treatments might. They are also designed to be more discreet than traditional braces, but clear brackets are available for those who want a truly subtle way to straighten their smile. These brackets are stain-resistant and perfect for our image-conscious teen and adult patients!
Set your smile up for success with Dietrich Orthodontics
Choosing to straighten your smile with orthodontic care comes with many social, personal, and professional benefits. Our treatment options offer more than just cosmetic appeal, and can also improve both your oral and total body health. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can achieve a successful smile with Dietrich Orthodontics, get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation with us! This is the perfect time to take the first step towards a healthy smile that leaves a lasting impression.