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We all love a straight, white smile. But straight teeth can benefit you far beyond aesthetics. In fact, according to a 2012 Kelton Study, 75% of Americans believe that a straight smile equals success. That’s right: your pearly whites can impact your earning power. With 45% of people with straight teeth being more likely to land a job than those counterparts with crowding or crooked teeth, it’s evident that the state of your smile holds a major stake in your success.

It boils down to initiative. The working world of the United States equates those clean, even lines in your mouth with taking the time to be better. Because it is widely known that braces involve commitments of both time and effort, those who reap the results are perceived as much more likely to clock the long hours and demonstrate the work performance necessary for achieving big in business.

Another interesting component related to the employability of those with straight teeth is directly related to trust. The Kelton Study shows that in the United States, nearly a quarter of those polled believe that people with even teeth tend to be far more trustworthy. It should come as no surprise that those exuding the dedication involved in correcting an imperfect smile, a process that requires months to years, would be considered steadfast when it comes to job opportunities.


With the straight teeth brigade considered so much more likely to land a job than those living beyond the bracket, the signs all point to fixing whatever faults exist to secure the best possible job opportunities. On top of upping your ability to procure work, a straight smile can pay for itself. According to a study conducted by University of Texas economics professor Daniel Hamermesh, people with straight teeth earned between 5-10% more than those with crooked teeth. With the average American income falling around $51,000 a year, that corrected grin can equal a jump in yearly earnings between $2,500 to $5,100! The study also allows you to look long-term: If you entered the workforce at age 22 with corrected teeth and worked until you were 65 years old, you would earn between $109,000 to $219,000 over the course of those 43 years of work. With long-run earning boosts in such noticeable numbers all thanks to orthodontic improvements, it’s accurate to say that your braces would have paid for themselves! Taking charge of your teeth proves to be a wise investment for a future as bright as your new smile!

Looks may not be everything, but the maintenance you put toward your teeth seems to speak volumes about your ability to hustle. For more information about how your improved teeth can change your life, contact us at

At Birmingham Orthodontics, our mission is simple: we create smiles. Not only do we straighten the crooked grin, fix the bite, and adjust the jaw, we also brighten yearbooks, help young people come to like their looks, and give adults the confidence they have wanted for a long, long time. We also believe in our staff. Our culture of continuous learning has allowed us to host monthly training sessions for each team and bring in leading industry consultants to help keep us ahead of the curve. Contact us for a free consultation, or any questions you might have.

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