Posts from March 2018

The health benefits of smiling are well known, but did you also know that your smile can kickstart your career? Whether you are looking for a new job, taking the next step on the career ladder, or starting your own business, improving your smile can make a vital difference to your future career success. 
An attractive smile improves your chances of getting hired 
Despite the old adage that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, during a job interview first impressions count. Interviewees with brighter, whiter smiles are more likely to be hired than those with less attractive teeth and are also more likely to receive higher salary offers. Keeping a natural, relaxed smile during an interview conveys a sense of quiet confidence and helps to build a rapport with the interviewer. Although your skills, experience, and qualifications play key roles in getting you the position you want, being the more likeable candidate can help swing opinions in your favour when there are other applicants who are equally well qualified. 
Smiling makes you appear more trustworthy 
Building trust is vital in all aspects of career success, from interdepartmental teamwork to client acquisition. Psychological studies show that a genuine smile goes a long way toward increasing trustworthiness and cooperation. The mirror effect of neurons in the brain means that when you smile at someone, the mirror neurons for smiling in that person’s brain also fire up. This creates a sensation of the feeling associated with smiling, helping to build better relationships. People who are insecure or self-conscious about their smile find it more difficult to establish this bond with others. 
Smiling boosts your job performance 
Researchers have found that smiling reduces levels of cortisol in the body, a stress-related hormone that can cause high blood pressure, interfere with learning and memory, and lower the body’s immune function. Although some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and cause long-term health issues. Smiling – even if you don’t really feel like it – can decrease stress levels and increase workplace productivity. The general consensus among researchers is that you should ‘fake it until you make it’ and having the confidence to fake it is much easier when you are happy with your smile. 
Park Dental Care can boost your confidence in your smile by: 
• Replacing missing, broken, or damaged teeth 
• Cosmetically whitening your teeth 
• Straightening misaligned teeth 
• Improving tooth shape or size 
Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to seeing you. 
Many people view dental treatment as a routine necessity to maintain their oral health but taking steps to improve your smile can mean so much more. People who are confident with the way they look are happier, healthier, and more successful in their personal and professional lives. Read on to find out how changing your smile can change your whole outlook. 
1. You’ll make a great first impression 
First impressions really do matter, and one of the first things that people notice is your smile. A study by Kelton Research found that after meeting someone, the facial aspect that 24% of people remember most is their teeth. People with straight teeth are far more likely to be perceived as being happy, healthy, and smart than those with crooked teeth, and 73% of study participants were more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car. 
2. You’ll gain self-confidence 
If you’re unhappy with your teeth you are less likely to smile, which can negatively impact your self-esteem. Smiling releases chemicals called endorphins in your brain, which boost your mood and help to create a positive attitude. This has a knock-on effect on the people around you, improving your relationships and creating the perception of a friendly, confident, and successful individual. Having people view you this way gives you the confidence to believe in yourself, forming a positive reinforcement loop that benefits everyone. 
3. Your dating and employment prospects will improve 
When meeting a prospective new partner or employer, first impressions count – some studies suggest that bad teeth is the number one turn-off on people’s dating profiles. In contrast, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture than those with crooked teeth. People with straighter, whiter teeth are also more likely to be hired by prospective employers and receive higher salary offers, proving that your smile really is a worthy investment. 
4. You’ll have healthier teeth 
If you invest time, money, and effort into cosmetically improving your smile, you’ll be much more motivated to keep it that way. Straight, evenly spaced teeth are easier to brush and floss and when properly cleaned they are less likely to develop cavities. 
5. You’ll live longer 
Smiling alleviates stress and helps to lower blood pressure, and researchers have found that people who smile more live longer, happier lives. One study of Major League Baseball players from the 1952 player register found that players who were smiling authentically in their photos lived an average of seven years longer than players who weren’t smiling. Keeping your teeth in good condition also helps to prevent major health conditions that have been linked to gum disease, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 
If you’re considering a smile makeover, contact Park Dental Care to book a free consultation with one of our expert team members. We look forward to your visit. 
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