As the employment market becomes increasingly competitive, candidates are looking beyond the normal selection criteria for ways to make the right impression. Today, it seems that it’s not all about having a professional-looking CV or impressive work experience. Having straight teeth and a confident smile can make all the difference when it comes to getting a job.
In an interview in the UK newspaper The Times1, Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath, a book about underdogs and why they sometimes succeed, told Will Pavia how he saw a new wave of discrimination taking place, based on dentistry.
“If you don’t have good teeth, certain entry-level jobs are denied to you,” Gladwell said. “There is fascinating stuff suggesting that you can’t work in customer-facing positions.”
“If you go to work in a store, you’ll always be in the back. And if you’re in the back, that means you can never be in the front. You have no mobility, right? Mobility is from the back to the front.”
A recent survey by Invisalign2 supports Gladwell’s claims. The company worked with Harris Poll to talk to more than two thousand people over the age of eighteen, asking how straight teeth affects confidence and impacts every area of their life, including:
- their careers
- social lives
- individual happiness
The findings were striking. 80% of responders said that straighter teeth gave them the confidence to do things they would not have done before. About a third said straighter teeth helped them achieve a goal.
More than just straight teeth
Beyond the goal of simply finally having the smile of their dreams, they were able to achieve an additional goal that they would not have been able to reach had they not straightened their teeth. These included applying for a new job, finding a long-term relationship, or even starting their own business.
The confidence that comes from a happy, straight smile is something that cannot be underestimated. A 2015 US survey3 showed that Americans perceive people with straight teeth to have more desirable qualities than those with crooked teeth, including being happy, surrounded by loved ones, and professionally successful.
Further, the statistics showed that Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience. They are also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
Nearly one-third (29%) of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
If you would like to talk to us about how straighter teeth might help your confidence, make an appointment with our friendly reception staff today.