“While we’re seeing the job search situation slowly starting to improve, it’s still a very tough environment out there,” says Shana, a Quincy resume and professional development coach who helps recent college graduates and other job seekers perfect their interview skills. “There are definitely factors that make one applicant more appealing than another to potential employers, and one of those factors is your appearance.”
Shana says appearance is particularly important in front line and customer service jobs. “Any time you’re dealing with the public, you want to put your best face forward,” she said. “When it comes to dental hygiene, a white, healthy smile is definitely a competitive advantage.”
Teeth can become stained or discolored through a number of causes, including coffee, red wine and tea drinking, smoking, prescription medication usage and poor dental hygiene. In some cases a simple cleaning by your Quincy dentist will alleviate the issue, but for more significant staining, it’s time to talk about cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry includes treatments that improve the appearance of your teeth. Tooth whitening is perhaps the best known cosmetic dentistry treatment. Your dentist can significantly improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth using safe, comfortable treatments that are much more effective the than kits available in grocery or discount stores. In some cases, veneers are an option that can help create a whiter smile.
“Is cosmetic dentistry required for every job seeker? Of course not,” Shana said. “But I think people have a reasonable sense about whether or not the appearance of their teeth is hurting their chances of getting the type of work they’d like to have. If this is the case for you, I’d encourage you to talk to a qualified cosmetic dentist and discover what your options are. You may find the investment is well worth it.”