YES, REAL RELATIONSHIPS DEVELOP over time. We all know that. But there are certain situations where an incredible first impression goes a long, long way. One of those times is when you’re advancing your career and interviewing for jobs.
A recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry suggests that half of adults absolutely remember other people’s smiles after having been introduced to them. That’s far more than the 9% who will remember a new acquaintance’s clothing. Cool, lime green shirt (above)… But your smile will impress even more!
Your smile can have a direct impact on your career opportunities. In a 2012 study, it was found that people with straight teeth are more likely to be perceived as smart and happy. Even more significantly, about 3 in 4 people said that they’re more likely to trust someone with straight teeth—a very important factor when it comes to professional opportunities.
It may not always seem fair, but people make assumptions based on one’s smile. The beauty is that, armed with knowledge (and an awesome orthodontist), YOU can take charge of the way people perceive you in professional situations such as interviews.
Sometimes getting past first impressions with flying colors gives you the chance to let the “real” you come through. After all, that’s the most important part. Here’s some additional job hunting advice:
The most important aspect of a great smile isn’t whether or not you have perfectly straight teeth or a perfect smile. It’s all about the confidence your smile brings. If there’s anything causing you to be self-conscious about your smile, talk with us. We can set up a plan just for you.