Are you one of the people who aren&rsquot happy with your smile, and use certain tricks to hide it? Maybe your lips never part, making all your smiles closed and tight-lipped, and when you can&rsquot help but smile or laugh, you cover your mouth with your hand. A smile that you don&rsquot want to show not only causes you undue stress, but it can actually harm your social or professional relationships. People may think you&rsquore unhappy, or worse, think it&rsquos a reflection on your attitude toward them.
As much as we hate to admit it, the way we look and dress can dramatically impact just about everything, from our career to our friendships and relationships with others. Having a straighter, whiter smile is an important attribute in today&rsquos image conscious, competitive world.
Your Smile Really Does Make the First Impression
Heard the saying, &ldquoYour smile is one of the first things people notice?&rdquo It&rsquos true that a person&rsquos smile is one of the most remembered attributes after having met for the first time. If you&rsquore embarrassed about your teeth and are trying to keep from smiling, it can unintentionally make you appear unfriendly when you don&rsquot mean to be.
In contrast, a bright and confident smile makes a better impression, and will generally be perceived as you&rsquore being happier, more intelligent, and trustworthy.
After all, you only get a single shot at making an outstanding first impression, so it&rsquos wise to invest in your smile.
Whiter, Attractive Smiles Can = Greater Success
Actual studies and surveys have been conducted to show how a person&rsquos smile can impact aspects of life including job interviews and job promotions.
A recent Kelton Research perception study revealed that Americans with whiter, aligned teeth can be viewed as 45% more likely to be considered for a job when compared with someone who has the same skill sets and experience, but with a less attractive smile. Not only do people with more attractive smiles have a better shot at getting hired for the job, but they can be offered a higher rate of pay!
It turns out that investing in a whiter, straighter smile may be just the thing you need to get that raise you deserve!
A Brighter Smile Can Boost Your Self-Confidence
Researchers have studied how tooth alignment and enamel color in young adults and teens can affect their self-esteem and confidence while these traits are developing. The results weren&rsquot surprising: those with stained, crowded teeth, and generally unpleasing smiles were usually less confident, shy, and more embarrassed about the way they look.
The young adult years are some of the most impressionable, and experiences during this time in people&rsquos lives can have life-altering impact (for better or worse). A bright, orthodontically aligned smile can have a life-long, positive effect on a young person&rsquos life that extends far into adulthood.
Smiling More for a Longer, Healthier Life
Feeling good about your teeth means you&rsquoll smile more often, and researchers have proven that people who smile more frequently generally live longer, happier lives. Smiling more often has also been linked to lower heart rate, reduction of stress and anxiety, increased release of endorphins, strengthening immune system, and much more!