Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Your Career?
You’ve been with your company for years. You understand the business inside and out, and you are ready to take the next step in your career.
And yet … you aren’t as confident as you feel like you should be.
When you look around the office, you see the people in the positions that you want. They seem confident, comfortable, self-assured.
They smile easily, too. They certainly don’t seem to have any worries about their teeth. Maybe that’s what’s holding you back. For personal reasons, you’ve become more aware of problems with your teeth.
While it shouldn’t affect your ability to do your job, you can tell that is has made you more hesitant than you used to be. You can change that with cosmetic dentistry at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
Whether you live in Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Troy, or somewhere in between, our dentists want to give you a smile that will boost your confidence.
Understanding Cosmetic Dentistry
If cosmetic dentistry makes you think of the “Hollywood Smile,” then you have any understanding of what it can do.
We’ve all see Hollywood smiles on television, in the movies, and in celebrity magazines. But very few, if any, of those celebrities were born with their perfectly straight, brilliantly white smiles.
A simple online search will reveal before and after pictures that show what many actors looked like before they underwent cosmetic dental procedures. People who are in front of cameras all day may have obvious reasons why they want to look their best, and that includes their teeth.
But smiles are beneficial to anyone who has a career in which they deal with other people.
A professor with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Oral Biology conducted a study in which participants looked at images of 45 women showing neutral, low-intensity, or high-intensity smiles.
They found that the women with the biggest smiles were considered the most trustworthy by the participants.
‘A Positive Change’
The study mentioned above lends some support to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, too. The AACD describes this cosmetic dentistry as being “aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.”
If you work in sales, we imagine your trustworthiness plays a big part on your ability to close a deal. If you are an attorney, trustworthiness affects your relationship with your clients, with court officials, and with the opposing counsel.
The study looked at how the intensity of smiles affects trustworthiness, but it didn’t address what affects how wide or how easily you or anyone else may smile.
Based on patients who we have helped, we know that people who are ashamed of their teeth are less likely to smile. Many speak quietly, and some even try to hide their mouths when they talk.
Patients who feel comfortable with their teeth often smile easily and comfortably. They hold their heads high, and they come across as more relaxed when they speak.
We don’t think it’s a big leap to think that your comfort with your smile may affect how other people perceive you, too.
Make A Change For Yourself
If you are tired of hiding your smile, if you are tired of untagging photos on social media, if you want to see a positive change for yourself, then you need to take a close look at your smile.
What do you want to change? What would make you happy with your smile?
When you have the answers to those questions, then consider which of the following types of cosmetic dentistry could work for you:
▶︎ Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening may be the single most popular cosmetic dental service in the United States. Professional teeth whitening, such as the Zoom! whitening products available at Hubbard & Leath Dental, can whiten your smile faster and more effectively than any product you can buy in the toothpaste aisle.
► Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you had a cavity years ago, then you may have received an amalgam filling. Amalgam fillings are generally made with mercury and a mixture of other materials. This gives your filling a metallic appearance, and it may tarnish over time.
You can feel less conscientious about your smile by replacing your amalgam with tooth-colored fillings. You may be surprised how different you will feel when all your teeth look like teeth again.
► Tooth Bonding
This can be a great way to repair individual teeth. A single chipped or broken tooth can make you shy away from having your photo taken or meeting new people.
With tooth bonding, a resin can be applied to your most visibly damaged teeth to restore them to their former, full appearance.
If you want to change everything about your smile, but you don’t want to wait for as long as it would take with braces, then veneers could be the perfect alternative for you.
Veneers can give you the appearance of straight teeth. Veneers can close the gaps in your smile. Veneers can make your teeth look evenly spaced instead of crowded together.
Veneers are one of the most versatile and effective cosmetic services we offer.
We’re Ready To See You Smile
If you are ready to make a move in your career, then cosmetic dentistry can help you on that journey. Talk to the dentists at our office in Rochester Hills, MI to find out which cosmetic service is the best way to improve your smile.