The Importance of Your Smile!

Because I think style and image go way beyond clothes, accessories, and makeup. As an Indianapolis Image Consultant, I sometimes delve into ancillary areas that have to do with our image. It may be posture, how we pronounce words, and attitudes.

It is interesting to note that sometimes when clients contact me, I can tell so much about them by the message they send me. While looking through their photos and even their emails, and social media sites I can determine by their voice and how clearly they speak or describe to me what they are thinking. All of these factors are part of your image. If someone’s verily timid or just the opposite this is easy to see as well, even before we have a chance to meet face-to-face.

How Your Smile Can Improve Your Image

Today, I am going to talk about an area we don’t often think about: our teeth and mouth, and how they look and impact on your overall image. When you think about how much we are online platforms such as Zoom where people can only see our faces for long periods of time.

Of course, on my Indianapolis Image Consultant tip sheets for men and women, clean teeth and breath are a must for making a positive impression, hands down. You don’t want to have a meeting with someone with food in your teeth, really bad breath, or stained teeth. That is a given.  I suggest having a mirror somewhere in your office/cube. Give yourself a good last-minute check on your appearance before running off to a meeting. (My very first boss did this – and he was a guy!) While you may have looked good before you left for work this morning, your look may have faded as you’ve been preoccupied throughout the day.

Straightening Your Teeth Without Intense Braces

Let’s talk about teeth themselves. If you are like me and many other people I know, you had braces on your teeth as a child. I had a terrible overbite and very large teeth in a small mouth. My mother immediately found one of the best orthodontists in our area, and I had braces on at the age of 11.

I wasn’t the best patient! They were not the heavy metal braces, but thin wires.  The wires could come off if I drank too much soda. They did a couple of times. I also had four teeth pulled. Fast forward, I know that dentists don’t always pull teeth for braces as they used to do. They often move teeth by enlarging the mouth, and the jaw.  Questions about this area, of course, should be directed to your dentist or oral surgeon.

Nowadays, as an adult, straightening your teeth doesn’t have to include the intense hardware it used to. There are many more options today for straightening teeth, especially if you are a busy adult. Teeth don’t stay in one place for life. As you get older your teeth can shift around, even if you had braces as a child. For example, I am noticing issues with my smile despite suffering through braces.

My lower teeth have moved quite a bit, and they are now quite crowded. I decided to do a little research. I am not endorsing any of these companies, but if you’re like me, you might want to consider some less invasive straightening options such as Invisalign, Smile Direct Club, Byte, or AlignerCo.

Talk To Your Dentist Too

When it comes to changing your smile, be sure to talk to your dentist and your dental insurance provider first. Even with these online programs, they may take some insurance, so its important to check which ones. Your dentist might also have procedures they can do to help correct your smile or recommendations on which online teeth straightening company is the best.

Not at all dentists are the same! I had had many crowns put in over the years, and I needed to replace an old one. My new dentist told me the color of my crowns were all wrong and did not match my teeth. They painstakingly worked with the dental lab creating a new crown that looked very natural and matched the rest of my teeth. What a difference it makes! This is the kind of dentist you want!

Keep it sassy, Indy!

Beth Divine, MA, AICI Certified Indianapolis Image Consultant