A Bad Smile Could Ruin Your Career

Posted by elizabeth On October 1, 2012

Your smile can determine whether you get the job, land the deal, sell the property, or impress the client. If you work in a field that requires you to be face-to-face with customers and colleagues on a regular basis, how you look is just as important as how much you know.

Your Smile Affects Your Professional Reputation

Success is often relative, but when your livelihood depends on your ability to deliver a persuasive message in person and with conviction, your smile could completely obliterate your opportunities for financial success. Up for a promotion at work? Your direct competition with the pearly white smile could trump you.

Whether you work nine to five, 10 to six, or 24/7, the one constant is that your appearance can affect your professional reputation. Some people may believe that if you can’t be bothered to take care of your oral health, how can you be depended on to manage a project, handle a transaction, or competently represent them?

For many busy professionals, the excuse is, “I don’t have time.” The fact of the matter is, you can’t afford not to make time to take care of your smile. And the beauty of a smile makeover is that it doesn’t require months or years in the dentist’s chair. Sedation dentistry makes it possible to carry out multiple procedures at once, limiting the amount of time necessary to complete your new smile.

Smile Solutions for Busy Professionals

In a recent study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, it was found that 74 percent of Americans believe an unattractive smile can hurt your chance for career success. You may be at the point where you believe it’s simply too late to fix your broken-down smile. But stained teeth, crooked teeth, and missing or chipped teeth can all be easily corrected with cosmetic dentistry – and help you make your way up the ladder.

In-office or at-home teeth whitening are both easy and effective options to brighten up your smile. One hour in the dentist’s office can mean whiter teeth on your lunch break. Prefer to do the whitening on your own time? At-home treatments typically take two weeks to complete.

If you rue the day you didn’t listen to your parents and get those braces, it’s not too late. Invisalign is a fast, affordable, and “invisible” way to straighten your smile – no metal mouth here. This process usually takes less time than traditional orthodontics, and the aligners can be removed for special occasions. With Invisalign you’ll be on your way to a new smile and look that much better every day at the office.

Embarrassed by chipped teeth, discoloration, or missing teeth? Porcelain veneers and Cerinate lumineers are adhered to the front of your teeth to repair your smile. Lumineers are a new, pain-free, non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that many professionals choose, but porcelain veneers are still one of the most popular options for smile makeovers, providing people with beautiful, white, natural-looking grins.

Give Your Smile a Promotion

A new smile can renew your self-confidence and motivation, and it will certainly alter how people react to you. When people see you smile, they’ll be encouraged, feel comfortable, feel at ease, and trust your opinion and expertise. This can be the difference between failure and success, especially in fields like sales, real estate, teaching, or law.

In this era of telecommuting and mobile devices, it can be tempting to slack on your appearance. After all, unless you have a meeting via Skype, what’s the point of getting out of your sweats? However, the ability to work virtually doesn’t eliminate the need to look good. Contact Dr. Michael J. Wei in his Manhattan cosmetic dentistry office to schedule your complimentary smile design consultation.

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