It takes time to get to know someone. We’ve all heard the saying “don’t read a book by its cover,” and it’s something that we should all strive for.
At the same time, human beings are wired to look for certain things in people. Both biological and cultural factors play in the way that we make first impressions. While it’s an unfortunate truth, the reality is that sometimes our appearances go a long way when we first meet someone.
This is especially the case in job interviews. One of the things we can quickly do to spruce up our look is to take care of our teeth. We’ll discuss the ways that nice teeth improve your job outlook as well as some methods you can use for improving them.
Nice Teeth and What They Say
We’ve all encountered a person or two that have extremely nice teeth. Even if there are some other glaring personality flaws, we’re typically still inclined to give them a chance.
Something about a big, beautiful smile feels welcoming and attracts to the person who has it. This, in large part, is something that we cannot control.
Beauty standards play a large part in this bias, and whether or not it is a positive thing to have these standards, it is a reality. We should hope that our teeth aren’t the defining feature that people like about us, but it’s nice to know they’re a piece of our body that we can easily improve.
But why are nice teeth something that we value? It seems intuitive to want “nice teeth” but what are they and what do they say about us?
Teeth Are an Indicator of Health
White teeth show that a person has either taken measures to clean and whiten their teeth or that they have good oral hygiene. Yellow, stained teeth often show that a person has poor oral hygiene or that they have unhealthy habits.
This isn’t always the case when it comes to stained teeth, but it usually is. Things like coffee and tea aren’t necessarily bad for a person’s health, yet they stain your teeth. Alternatively, cigarettes and drugs often lead to a decline in oral hygiene and result in darker teeth.
Further, sugary foods and poor diet will result in darker teeth as well. So, in this sense, people see white teeth as a sign that you are healthy and take decent care of yourself.
Looking into biological factors that determine attractiveness, we usually find that positive traits are ones that signify some measure of health or physical ability. This is also true for teeth.
Straight Teeth Can Signify Social Standing
For most of human existence, there weren’t many measures a person could take to improve their teeth. Other than eating well and rudimentarily brushing, teeth were pretty much just the way they were.
In that time, people who had straight teeth might have been better off, but there wasn’t as much of a value placed on them. This is still the case in places where dental work isn’t as accessible or affordable as it is in the United States.
Currently, though, braces are things that many children have to allow them to straighten their teeth as they develop. It’s an expensive thing to go to the orthodontist, and people need a certain degree of wealth to send their children.
While that idea is lightly planted in our brains, the reality of dental work isn’t too harsh. You can expect to find great dental work for reasonable prices, making the barrier to nice teeth a little softer than it once was.
There are options like Invisalign for adults who are worried about their teeth. These are clear braces that don’t stand out in your mouth, and most people won’t even know that you have them in.
They can serve to correct any alignment that your teeth might need.
Ways to Improve Teeth
The most effective way to improve the quality of your teeth is to maintain healthy oral care. You won’t see results right away, but you will certainly see an improvement in whiteness over time.
Brushing well, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly will all improve the immediate quality of your teeth. Aside from the fact that you’ll prevent yellowing from coming in, you’ll also rid your teeth of visible plaque. That fact will improve the way your teeth look on a day-to-day basis.
On top of good oral care, there are some healthy ways to get those pearly whites.
A quick run to a pharmacy or large superstore will allow you to pick up a teeth whitening kit. Some of the low-end ones might damage your enamel, however, so do some research before you make a decision.
One DIY method is the use of baking soda. Take a small amount of baking soda and put it in a dish. Introduce enough water to turn it into a paste and mix it well.
Place some of that paste onto your toothbrush and brush like you normally would. Allow a little more time, maybe five minutes, for the paste to sit on your teeth after you wash it out.
Going to the dentist is also an extremely effective way to do any cleaning or whitening that you wish to. If you haven’t been to the dentist recently and you’re concerned about the state of your teeth, make the trip.
You would be surprised at how much plaque and tartar a dentist can get out in a simple cleaning. You don’t need to have whitening done to see improvements.
At the same time, you can have whitening done in order to see significant results. Many dentists will give you a whitening kit similar to the one found at the store. In the case of the dentist, though, you can be sure that you won’t do damage to your teeth by introducing harsh chemicals.
Job Interview Coming Up?
Take some of these tips to heart if you have an interview coming up. While you don’t have to regularly do all of these things, having nice teeth might help to land you the job.
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