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A straight smile makes a lasting first impression. It’s no secret that people judge others based on appearance, and a confident smile is an important part of appearance. It can lead to better job offers, higher earning power and most importantly, a lasting confidence and positive self-image. That’s why it’s best to invest in orthodontic treatment during your child’s teenage years. Straightening your smile before college can provide a valuable asset to use during job interviews and more prominent social situations. This post outlines a few ways braces can better prepare teenagers for long term success. 

Getting the job you want. 

Straight teeth can increase your chances of landing your dream job. People develop a perception of others by noticing certain features such as a confident smile. Those with straighter teeth are seen as smarter and more accomplished. Because of that perception, a healthy and attractive smile can get you hired faster than someone with crooked teeth. According to a study by Kelton Global on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 48% of adults think a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time. So why not invest in getting the smile you want before heading into the working world?

Because pre-teens and teens are in the ideal stage of life to receive orthodontic care, they can get a head start in preparing for life as an adult. Their rapid body changes and frequent growth spurts allow treatment to produce the best results. With a straight and confident smile, face-to-face interactions become more approachable.

Earning power.   

For better or worse, the better a person looks, the more others trust them. A study done by Rick Wilson of Rice University on “Fiscal Attraction” found that those who smile are considered more trustworthy than those who don’t. And having straight teeth empowers people to smile more. People who are considered trustworthy workers have an easier time moving up in their job – which can lead to a higher salary. Who knew straight teeth could earn you more money? That’s why it’s important to address orthodontic care before approaching adulthood. 

Teenagers that straighten their smile during middle school or high school may have a better chance of succeeding in the future. A straight smile can be the asset they need to score a promotion or get a raise in their career. See this post for more data on the financial benefits of getting braces.

Lasting confidence. 

A straight smile can boost confidence and improve a person’s overall self-image. Ultimately, it can lead them to more achievement down the road. Those who are insecure about their smile tend not to talk as much, laugh out loud or smile often. That can negatively impact a person’s self-esteem. Getting braces and straightening the smile can bolster a positive self image. So, if you’re searching for the next step in how to set your child up for success, we’ve got you covered. Stop in for a free consultation and we’ll talk about the best way to get your smile straight.

Where Do We Go From Here? 

Everyone deserves a smile they can show off and use to their advantage. Our goal is to make that happen at an affordable price. During a free consultation, we’ll talk with you about treatment options that best fit your orthodontic needs and even lay out various affordable payment plans that are tailored to your budget. Choose from our four convenient locations across Hoover, Trussville, Alabaster and down 119 and schedule your free consultation today. We want to give you the ultimate lasting asset that can help you or your child be successful down the road.

Schedule your free consultation today and Smile More with Birmingham Orthodontics.

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 brighten yearbooks and instill confidence. We also believe in our staff. Our culture of continuous learning drives 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 with any questions you might have.

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