Have you ever been happy to be pulled over by a police officer? I have.
One day on the way to work an Illinois State Trooper started flashing their lights behind me. I was not thrilled, to say the least. The officer came over, smiled, and asked if I recognized him. It turns out he’d been a patient of mine fifteen years earlier. He wanted to stop me to thank me for his smile and told me he got compliments on it all the time.
That made my day! It meant a lot to me. It really shows the power of a smile to impact a person’s life. It’s not just about straight teeth, but about the way a beautiful smile affects other aspects of your life.
Fair or not, we are judged by others when we smile. And people who have crooked teeth are viewed as less likely to land a job compared to someone with straight teeth, experience and qualifications being equal. People with straight teeth are also perceived to be more successful and more likely to be wealthy.
Hiring managers may skip over someone to hire someone with an attractive smile, whether they do so consciously or not. This is especially true for customer-facing positions, such as front desk people, hosts and hostesses, and salespeople. Having a great smile can literally get you the job, while not having one can cost you.
A smile is one of the first things we notice about other people and it can draw others to us or turn them away. It can affect romantic relationships and dating prospects; two in five Americans say they wouldn’t go on a second date with someone who had crooked teeth, according to the study linked above.
Beyond that, I’ve noticed that with many of my patients, particularly my adult female patients, orthodontic treatment is just the start. As their teeth get straighter, they get a boost of confidence and start improving other aspects of their appearance. It starts a chain reaction.
Last but not least, a beautiful smile is a healthy smile. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, reducing cavities and gum disease. A beautiful smile is also a sign of a jaw that’s working correctly. A dysfunctional jaw can lead to TMJ problems, headaches, muscle pain, teeth grinding, and more. Finally, fixing the bite can sometimes help with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition linked with diabetes, heart disease, shorter lifespan, and more.
It’s Never Too Late to Make Your Smile Great
Are you unhappy with your smile, but you’re still unsure about undergoing orthodontic treatment? Just remember that it’s never too late to get that smile you’ve always wanted. With so many options today, including clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, straightening your teeth can be discreet and easily fit into your lifestyle. If you’re in the Plainfield, IL area, come visit our office for a free consultation and find out what your options are.