Good Teeth and Job Hunting Success: The Surprising Connection

You’re ready to look for a new job. How exciting! This is the time to polish your resume and get ready to put your best foot forward. But before you send out your first cover letter, you’ll want to polish your teeth and put your best smile forward. It pays to have a good smile when you’re job hunting, literally. Job hunting success and dental health have a surprising connection.

First Impressions Matter

Hiring managers review dozens of applications for a job, and in an effort to do so efficiently they make assumptions about people based on appearance. Unfortunately, our society has labeled people with poor dental health–crooked, discolored or missing teeth–with negative stereotypes like unfriendly, untrustworthy, and even ignorant. Of course, none of these stereotypes are true, but we still unconsciously assign them to people.

Service with a Smile

If the job you’re applying for is in the service industry or any kind of face-to-face customer service, the state of your smile can have a big impact on whether or not you’re hired. Chances are if you have poor dental health you don’t smile as often or as effortlessly as someone with perfectly polished teeth. This affects your success when “greet visitors with a smile” is listed in the job duties.

The Confidence Factor

Research suggests that if you don’t feel confident in your appearance you are less likely to aggressively job hunt. Getting your teeth fixed can boost your self-esteem and reinvigorate your efforts to find your perfect job. If your teeth cause you pain or discomfort, getting them fixed may also reduce the number of sick days you need, increasing your productivity and making you a more valuable asset to your company.

What can you do to make sure your smile gives a great first impression and delivers you the job of your dreams? Schedule an appointment with a dentist before you begin your job hunt. An examination and X-rays will help your dentist determine the best course of treatment to turn your poor dental health into a confident, job-winning grin.

Whether it is teeth whiteningInvisalign to straighten any crooked teeth, or correcting any aesthetic flaws, there are a wide array options that will fit your needs. The team at Creating Smiles has many cosmetic dentistry options to help you put your best smile forward during your job search!

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