The results are in and it’s a fact – better smile equals better chance in the job market.
A new study confirms that people with straight teeth are perceived as more successful, smarter and more desirable. Findings back up the negative judgments about people with crooked teeth – more than half believe someone with crooked teeth would be less likely to land a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience. Wow.
First Impressions Are Everything.
One’s appearance is a constant trigger of snap judgments. Whether interviewing for a job or just looking to make a good first impression, a recent perception study conducted by Kelton for Invisalign, proves that even the alignment of teeth is a catalyst for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health.
“Whether we like it or not, we are often judged by our appearance,” said Dr. Michelle Callahan, renowned TV host, relationship expert, coach, and development psychologist. “The results of this Smile Survey prove what I’ve always believed, which is the importance of an attractive, healthy smile, whether you’re socializing and networking face-to-face or virtually. Your smile has more of an effect on what others perceive about you than you think.”
According to the Kelton study, many Americans say teeth are a standout feature when it comes to what they notice and recall when first meeting someone. About two-thirds of Americans are more likely to remember attractive features than those they find to be unpleasant. Perhaps this is why so many realize a nice smile is important.
Given the emphasis placed on straight teeth, there is now a modern way for adults and kids to straighten their teeth that can be done without most people even knowing they are in treatment. Clear aligners such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen® straighten teeth like metal braces, yet they are more comfortable, less intrusive to people’s lifestyles and make maintaining good hygiene much easier because they are removable.
“There have even been studies that indicate lasting impressions are made within the first three seconds of seeing someone,” said Dr. Callahan. “Many adults are concerned about how their smile might affect their chances for employment or advancement in a competitive job market.”
A unique digital perception study, developed by Kelton Research contrasted images of men and women with straight and crooked teeth. The survey was taken by 1,047 nationally representative Americans. In the study, respondents were shown images of people with varying tooth issues and asked to give their honest opinion about them, unaware that they were comparing people with straight teeth to crooked teeth. Results of the study indicated Americans perceive people with straight teeth to have more desirable qualities than those with crooked teeth, including attributes such as being happy and professionally successful.
If you have any questions about enhancing your smile, call Brit Phillips DDS dentist today.