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The impression you make on other people — the first one and the one cultivated over time — is pivotal to career success. Physical appearance, while not the only component of the impression you project, can in the competitive job market and workplace impact salary and can influence to some degree whether you are hired, promoted, or survive job cuts.

Your smile is a very important part of your physical appearance and studies have shown that bad teeth may prevent otherwise qualified candidates from advancing in their careers. A smile expresses pride, confidence, warmth, trustworthiness, and personal well-being. A smile heals and communicates feelings of liking, acceptance, and recognition. A smile says hello, welcome, I am happy because you are here. A smile is critical to opening a relationship and closing a sale. In sum, a confident smile is one of your most valuable career assets.

Modern dentistry can help you improve your teeth so that your smile adds to your true inner beauty and improves the odds of achieving your career and life goals. Routine cleaning at home and regular checkups will protect and guard your teeth to ensure lifelong health. Teeth whitening can brighten teeth that have yellowed or dulled over the years and reverse teeth stains. A number of orthodontic approaches from clear aligners to modern braces can straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers, or thin layers of porcelain bonded to teeth, can correct chips and cracks, gaps and spaces, stains, discoloration, misalignment and misshapen teeth.

Some approaches for correcting teeth may interest you while others may not. Dr. Halsema can explain the various dental options and advise on how you can best proceed.

Here is a link to a study with more information.