Category: Dental Health

Are Your Teeth Affecting Your Success at Work?

From self-esteem to career success, these are the far-reaching benefits of beautiful teeth.

Man smiling showing his white teeth on a business meeting

In an ideal world, appearances wouldn’t mean a thing. Our success and opportunities would be a direct result of our own hard work and perseverance. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In the real world, many factors come into play when you apply for a job or put yourself forward for promotion. You are considered for your skills and your enthusiasm, but you are also evaluated, consciously or not, on the way you look, the way you carry yourself and the way you smile.

Over the years, a number of studies and polls have been carried out that definitively prove that the quality of a smile can make a huge difference with regards to someone’s career and chances of success. But how much of a great first impression does a dazzling white smile really make? Do we all need to sport flawless smiles like our favourite American stars, or is it enough to demonstrate enviable levels of strength and self-confidence? Are teeth whitening and invisible braces really the solution to our career woes?

Why Recruiters Make Snap Judgements Based on Physical Appearance

Why When Someone Has a Beautiful Smile, We Think They Are More Trustworthy and Competent

Your Bad Breath Could Be Costing You!

Why a Dazzling White Smile Could Mean Career Success

Why We Associate Straight Teeth with Success

It’s All about the Halo Effect

Even Recruiters Make Snap Judgements Based on Physical Appearance

The average face-to-face job interview might last around 45 minutes to one hour, but the reality is that most interviewers know whether they will hire you or not after the first 90 seconds. How can anyone make a rational, sound decision after such a short time? It all boils down to base instincts and first impressions. Though we have come a long way since our cavemen ancestors, we still make an immediate and unconscious assumption about people based on what we see — we simply can’t help it. Generally, when we see a beautiful smile on a smartly dressed candidate, we make positive assumptions about their character, outlook and working ability.

One study proves this quite well. Test subjects were shown over 500 before-and-after photos of people who have had cosmetic dental treatments. The participants were asked to evaluate the people in the photos for traits such as success, kindness and intelligence. Overwhelmingly, the participants assigned more positive attributes to the individuals in the post-treatment photos.

So the odds are your boss or your hiring manager is making judgements about you, on some level, based on the quality of your smile. After all, one of the first things we notice about someone is their mouth. One study found that nearly 30% of its participants listed teeth as the first thing they noticed when meeting someone new, with 24% saying it is the facial feature they most remember. The same study found that men and women with straight teeth were perceived as more happy, healthy and smart when compared to those with crooked or missing teeth. Furthermore, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found part of the psychological reason we attribute poor oral health to other negative characteristics is that we assume there is a deeper underlying issue causing dental issues. There are a lot of diseases and illnesses that can present through teeth and gums, while conversely, healthy teeth signal someone who is strong and successful.

A Simple Smile Can Make a Huge Difference

Some argue that it isn’t necessarily the quality of your smile that matters — it’s the fact that you smile at all. Another study has demonstrated that we are more likely to think someone is trustful and competent when they are smiling, rather than appearing neutral.

The problem is, not everyone is comfortable with their physical appearance — they wish they had straighter teeth, whiter teeth or fewer gaps. When you’re self-conscious about your teeth, it is harder to flash a smile, so we are perceived as less secure, which can directly impact our career success.

Your Bad Breath Could Be Costing You!

Bad teeth affect more than just your smile — they can also cause bad breath. Bad breath can result from poor oral health, but it can also be a result of the food you eat or even a health issue, such as acid reflux or a sinus infection. An employer might be happy to look past an imperfect smile, but halitosis is something altogether different and much more difficult to ignore. In fact, bad breath and body odour are two of the secret reasons you may not have secured a job in the past. If your hiring manager is put off by your breath, they are unlikely to conduct an in-depth interview, so your odds of securing the opportunity greatly diminish.

To pinpoint the cause of your bad breath, visit your local dentist — you’ll soon be on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

A Dazzling White Smile Could Mean Career Success

Does your earning potential increase as your teeth get whiter? It might not be that simple, but there are certainly studies to suggest that whiter teeth are linked to increased success. One study that simulated job interviews found that candidates with the whitest teeth were 58% more likely to make a good first impression. The same study found that participants were deemed to be more professional and more confident once they had undergone teeth whitening. British Dental Journal published a report that showed similar findings.

We Associate Straight Teeth with Success

Of course, it’s not all about the whiteness of your teeth — as we all know, the perfect healthy smile is also straight. In fact, three out of four people are more likely to trust someone if they have straight teeth. This could go a long way to explaining why dental veneers have soared in popularity over the years.

One study, conducted by Kelton, found job candidates with straight teeth were 45% more likely to be hired when compared to those who had crooked teeth. Not only that — those with straight teeth earned more. People with straight teeth are also 58% more likely to be successful and 58% more likely to be wealthy.

So what are your options if you have crooked teeth and you feel they are holding you back? Thankfully, there is a range of orthodontic treatments that don’t involve the need for traditional braces. Technology has advanced and we have developed Invisalign, otherwise known as invisible braces. Invisible braces are a teeth-straightening alternative that makes use of clear aligners, and the result is a great smile without the inconvenience of metal braces.

It’s All about the Halo Effect

The power of a beautiful, healthy smile is truly mind-boggling — but psychology can go some way to explain why we attribute so many favourable characteristics to attractive people. It’s all about the Halo Effect. In 1920, Edward Thorndike coined the phrase “Halo Effect”. Essentially, when we attribute one positive quality to a person, we are more likely to attribute more. So although looks can, of course, be deceiving, there certainly seems to be a very real correlation between your dental healthcare and career success.

To right any dental wrongs, get in touch with Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge today to discuss our dental treatments. Our experienced dental team in Dublin D4 will be happy to help.

Invisalign: What Are Invisible Braces and How Do They Work?

Clear, invisible aligners are a great alternative for anyone wanting to avoid adult braces. Here, we explore what Invisalign is and how they can give you a perfect smile.

Smiling is the most natural thing in the world — and yet, there are a huge number of people who find grinning in public or in photographs so daunting they deliberately hide their teeth.

According to a recent survey, more than a third of adults in the UK hate their teeth and believe the state of their smiles has held them back in life — notably with regards to their personal lives and their careers. The same survey found that teeth came third in a list of things we stress about most in life — tailing closely behind finances and relationships. One in five says that as a result, they are becoming more introverted.

Exposing their pearly whites has become a source of insecurity and shame for many, but thankfully we have a solution for the cautious smilers of the world — it comes in the form of invisible braces, otherwise known as Invisalign.

According to a recent survey, Dublin dentist can help you with your smile makeover.

What Is Invisalign? How Do Clear Braces Work?

Put simply, Invisalign (sometimes referred to as clear aligners) are clear braces that are at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry technology. They are a method of teeth straightening that is virtually invisible, distinguishing them from more traditional metal braces. Invisalign is custom-made with SmartTrack material, and they are designed to fit your teeth and gradually reposition them over time. Invisalign fits comfortably over your teeth and are clinically proven to improve control of teeth movement. Every three or four weeks, you will need to visit your dentist for a new set to get your teeth to straighten into their ideal position.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Invisalign is ideal for anyone who is insecure about the state of their teeth. Invisible braces are great for patients with:

  • Gaps in their teeth (otherwise known as Diastema)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • A clear overbite
  • An underbite
  • A deep bite

Any of the conditions above could cause further complications, so it is best to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

What Is the Procedure for Invisalign?

The first step of getting Invisalign starts with a trip to Pembroke Dental, your favourite Dublin dentist. We begin by making an impression of your teeth. We then move on to evaluating your smile and mapping out a customised digital treatment plan so that you can visualise the ultimate results. We then ask you to approve your custom plan, and we begin to craft your unique aligners using the mould of your teeth.

We ask you to wear each set of aligners for up to twenty-two hours a day, and we change your set of Invisalign aligners every few weeks, depending on your particular needs. The results will be comfortable and seamless, and in no time at all, your teeth will shift into place and you’ll be left with a dazzling new smile.

Once I Have Invisalign, How Often Do I Need to See My Dentist?

Our Dentist here in Dublin 4, Doctor Keenan, will schedule regular Invisalign appointments for you — usually about once every three or four weeks. These dental visits are to ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned and you are on track to your perfect smile.

The whole process usually takes up to eighteen months to complete, although this could be longer, depending on the severity of misalignment or other dental issues you may have.

Why Should I Pick Pembroke Dental for My Invisalign Needs?

Here at Pembroke Dental, we’re committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. We have built our reputation around happy customers, and we have a wealth of glowing customer testimonials to put your mind at ease.

At Pembroke Dental, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. We also offer a free dental consultation. On top of this, to help you on your way to your Hollywood smile, we offer interest-free payment plans, so you can spread the cost of your clear braces over a period of time that is comfortable for you. We do this because we believe everyone is entitled to a perfect set of pearly whites — and your favourite Dublin D4 dentist can help you on your way.

If you would like to make a free, no obligation Invisalign appointment in Dublin, get in touch with our team today. We’ll evaluate your options and give you our honest opinion on whether we believe clear braces are right for you.

Pembroke Dental at the Heart of Life in Ballsbridge!

Anyone who lives or works in Ballsbridge like we do will tell you what a wonderful, thriving place it is. There’s so much to do, so many services and so many places to eat, drink and play!

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With lots of companies relocating to Ballsbridge, and new residents and workers coming in to the area, the new Ballsbridge Living website is  a wonderful resource for finding out more about life in Dublin 4, including where to avail of essential services like dentistry – here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, of course!

Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge has been at the heart of the community in Dublin 4 for three generations. In the past twelve months we have expanded with the locality, adding two new surgeries, more state-of-the-art dental equipment and extended clinic hours.

We continue to provide the best general and specialist dental care to new and existing patients, in a location which couldn’t be more convenient – just opposite the US Embassy.

For more information about Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge or to make an appointment, call 01 668 3242.

For information on the area, visit the Ballsbridge Living website.

 

 

 

 

Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge – Join Our Team!

We have a great opportunity due to ongoing expansion at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. We are recruiting two dental nurses, one full time (approx. 32 hours per week) and one part-time (approx. 12 hours per week plus cover) starting from late August. As our open hours are 8am to 8pm early morning and late evening shifts will be included.

Dental nursing experience and fluent English are required, and knowledge of CEREC and Aerona is desirable, plus some flexibility of working hours.
Sounds like you? Email with your CV to d4dentalclinic@gmail.com.

Christmas Clinics & Opening Hours

The clinic will be closing on Friday afternoon 22nd December for the Christmas holidays. We will have instructions available on our voicemail for emergencies over the holiday period. Any voicemail messages left at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge or emails sent to us over the holidays will be answered from when the office reopens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
Due to the renovations taking place in the practice early in the new year, we won’t be holding our usual clinics in the first week in January, but we will be reopening for appointments on a phased basis from the second week.

We’ve been contacting any patients impacted by the building works in January by email, phone and post. If you haven’t yet responded to these messages, please do so before Friday so that we can look after you as soon as possible.

The admin team are available by phone or by email. Call 01 6686242 or email: info@pembrokedentist.ie.

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