The Secret to Success: How a Confident Smile Can Unlock Your Full Potential
Did you know that science has proven that having a good smile can positively impact your career and income? Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and it can play a crucial role in how you’re perceived by others.
So how crucial is your smile?
Well, according to Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s ground-breaking research a staggering 93% of communication is nonverbal. It’s as if your words almost don’t matter. That means your smile plays a crucial role in how others perceive you, making it even more important to invest in the perfect smile that conveys confidence, charisma, and competence.
Research done on behalf of AACD shows that 99.7 percent of Americans say that a smile is an important social asset and 74 percent feel that an unattractive smile may limit your chance for success.
A University of California study shows that attractive people earn about 12 percent more per year than people who are considered less attractive.
A great smile can also make you more memorable. A study by Kelton Global research indicates that 48 percent of Americans say that someone’s teeth are the first thing they notice when they meet someone.
A good smile can make you more approachable and likable. People with attractive smiles are perceived as more friendly, trustworthy, and competent.
This can be particularly important in client-facing careers, where building relationships and establishing trust is key to success.
Also, and more importantly, a good smile can boost your confidence. When you feel good about your smile, you’re more likely to feel confident in yourself and your abilities. This can translate into better performance at work, as well as increased job satisfaction and career advancement opportunities.
If you are not confident about your smile, you may have trained yourself (consciously or unconsciously) not to smile at all or to smile without showing your teeth.
Smiles like these are not perceived as “genuine” and that does not instil confidence in customers, clients, or interviewers. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior found that displaying a confident genuine smile made participants more persuasive than those who did not. If you’re too embarrassed to show your true smile, choosing to do something about is truly worth it. I had one guest recently who is a perfect example of the power your smile has.
Sade, a guest of mine, had so little confidence in her smile that she always worked in back-office positions so she didn’t have to talk to customers. But when she went back to school to train for a new career, she decided that she wanted to give herself the best chance at success. Her exact words were, “I want to be the face of the company!”
Sade had chronic gum infections and by the time she was 22, she had lost all her front teeth.
“After that, it was like a ripple. I just started losing more of my confidence. So, I was like I have to do something about it.”
We used cutting edge technology to give her a brand new smile. And after her treatment, she wept in our office. “I was like this is a whole different person. This is not the same person!”
Sade’s smile problems were very significant and the procedure we employed to fix them was complex. But if you’re not confident in your smile, I have good news. Your smile problems are almost certainly not as severe as Sade’s, and the procedure to fix them will almost certainly be shorter and easier!
Introducing: No Drill Veneers
I just attended an advanced training conference on these veneers in Chicago the first week of March, and I’m really excited to be able to offer this new smile option for our guests. If you’ve considered veneers in the past, here are a few reasons you might want to investigate this new option…
1. Unlike traditional veneers, which require the removal of a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth, no drill veneers can be placed without any drilling or removal of enamel. (Sometimes minor contouring might be required).
2. No drill veneers are a minimally invasive option. Because they don’t require any drilling or removal of enamel, the procedure is generally faster and more comfortable than traditional veneers.
3. Because there’s no drilling involved, there’s no risk of damaging the underlying tooth structure, which can help to preserve the long-term health of your teeth.
4. No drill veneers can be more reversible. Because they don’t require any removal of enamel, if you decide to have your veneers removed at a later date, your teeth will still be in their original condition. This can be a reassuring factor for those who are hesitant to commit to a permanent cosmetic treatment.
5. No needles or anesthetic required. Post-procedure tooth sensitivity and “dental trauma” are also not an issue since the procedure is so simple and painless.
6. They cost the same as traditional veneers.
No drill veneers can be a great option if you’re looking to improve your smile without undergoing a more invasive treatment. But they are not for everyone.