A likeable personality, a strong work ethic, and a solid education are all commonly cited as key elements in a successful career. But your smile can also play a role in your professional performance. In fact, cosmetic dental treatments may have a big impact on how others perceive you, how you perceive yourself, and how well you do during job interviews. Let’s talk about how that is the case.
The Halo Effect
Roughly one century ago, a researcher by the name of Edward Thorndike came up with phrase “halo effect” to describe an aspect of how humans perceive each other. He found that after noticing one good quality about someone, we are likely to mentally assign other positive characteristics to that person, even if we do not know them well. The halo effect has been studied and confirmed throughout the decades since then.
You can use the power of the halo effect in your career. A bright, attractive, and confident smile may make others feel automatically attracted to you. This can help you build a rapport with coworkers, clients, and others whom you encounter in your workplace.
According to one survey, almost half of adults believe that a smile is the most memorable feature when meeting someone for the first time. A genuine, confident, and beautiful smile can be a huge asset, particularly when you are trying to woo clients or impress someone who is interviewing you for a new position.
Problems of an Unattractive Smile
A clean and neat appearance is essential in any professional setting. A nice outfit and well-groomed hair, however, may go unnoticed if your smile has obvious aesthetic flaws. For example, if your teeth are badly stained or broken, it might convey the impression that you do not take care of yourself (even if that is far from the truth). Even worse, if you have unpleasant breath, it can be a major detriment to establishing wholesome professional relationships. Cosmetic and restorative treatments can resolve such issues.
How you feel about yourself is a major contributor to how others feel about you. For example, a lack of confidence may make you seem withdrawn. If flaws in your smile cause you to feel less than your best, you could be unintentionally sabotaging your professional relationships and your job performance. Correcting such issues may be just the boost you need to stop holding yourself back and live up to your potential.
Getting Started with Cosmetic Dentistry
You may not need major cosmetic work to get a smile that boosts your career. You might benefit greatly from something as simple as teeth whitening or dental bonding to repair a chipped tooth. Your cosmetic dentist can consult with you and recommend a treatment plan that will help you reach your smile goals — and maybe it will help you reach your career goals, too!
Meet Dr. DeAngelo
Dr. Alan R. DeAngelo has many years of experience in his field. He regularly attends continuing education courses in aesthetic dentistry, and he utilizes the latest technology and techniques to help patients enjoy healthy, attractive smiles. If you would like to request an appointment with him or learn more about how he may be able to serve you, contact our office at 708-854-5912.
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