Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Boost Your Career? By Yamen Akhras on December 15, 2023

Woman with beautiful smile at work

We all know a beautiful smile can make a great first impression. But just how far can its benefits reach when it comes to the workplace? Can cosmetic dentistry help you nail job interviews or even get promoted?

At Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park, IL, we hear this question from our patients quite a bit. While it’s important to acknowledge the benefits of veneers, whitening, or a custom smile makeover, we can also help you develop realistic expectations of cosmetic dentistry's effects.

What Traits Does Your Smile Convey?

Most studies that analyze what types of traits employers are looking for relate to their personality vs. physical characteristics. But we’re all well aware of the important role that looks play in the impression we form of someone we’re meeting for the first time.

Contrast and Compare

Consider this scenario:

A potential hire shows up for an interview and while they’re shaking hands with their prospective employer, gives a quick, tight-lipped grin. Throughout the interview, they give short answers and often hold their hand up in front of their mouth.

Now compare that to this one:

Imagine someone leading with a confident, open smile. They give comprehensive answers to the employer’s prompts, smiling often and laughing at all the right moments. Their interaction is natural and unrestrained.

If you identify more with the first situation than the second, then the answer to the question we’re considering is a resounding yes.

Making Sure Your Voice Is Heard

One of the most important traits at work is good communication. Emails and instant messages can be lacking in this regard. Whether you work in an office or have a remote position, face-to-face interaction is the most effective way to relay your thoughts.

Think back to the first picture we painted above. Holding your hand in front of your mouth or failing to open your mouth fully when you talk can muffle your words. Some seemingly cosmetic concerns, like gapped teeth, can even create a lisp or other speech impediments and make you hesitant to speak more often. At our Orland Park dental office, many of our patients are surprised to find that their speech, in addition to their appearance, is substantially improved after cosmetic treatments.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help?

Now that we have a better understanding of how your smile affects your presence in work interviews and on the job, let’s look at common concerns and solutions:

A Dull Smile

Even healthy teeth can look darkened and yellowed over time. This can be due to the aging process or your love of coffee and red wine. Many types of stains respond excellently to whitening – a simple and affordable cosmetic treatment.

Crooked or Gapped Teeth

Straight teeth have a range of aesthetic and functional benefits. And more and more adults are finding that advancements in orthodontics make this goal a reality. We prefer Invisalign® for its comfortable, discreet trays that are clear and removable.

Asymmetry or Imbalance

Do you have short incisors? Do you have a turned tooth that stands out? We see all types of concerns that can be fixed with dental bonding, veneers, dental crowns, and more. During a consultation, we can discuss your unique case and options.

Start Forming Connections: Reach Out to Us Today

In today’s economy, we know our patients need all the help they can get to stand out from other candidates. Message Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park to learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.

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Premier Dental & Implant Center

At Premier Dental & Implant Center, we provide high-quality dental care for your entire family. Periodontist and implant specialist Yamen Akhras, DDS, MS and our team offer a full range of dental services. We are also proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Associations
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (708) 873-9709 today.

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