According to the most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.3 percent (roughly 10 million) of Americans are unemployed and looking for work. With few signs the job market is improving, many are searching for ways to give themselves that extra boost in their job search. Like it or not, your appearance is incredibly important to employers. One of the most important aspects of your appearance is your smile. A bright, white, straight smile conveys someone who cares enough about their appearance to take care of their smile, and that they will care about their job performance as well. In other words, the type of person a company would want to employ.
However, there are obstacles in achieving the smile of your dreams. Chief among them is being able to afford a trip to the dentist when necessary. It’s difficult to do so when dental prices have risen much faster than the rate of inflation, and dental insurance is not readily available to many. Approximately 130 million Americans have no dental coverage at all, meaning their dental bills will be paid solely out-of-pocket. Even those who do have dental insurance receive little more than a slight discount on dental procedures. Going to the dentist is now a luxury – only available to those who have expendable income.
In addition, most dentists have not made it a priority to treat the patients who need them the most – people in the inner city and in rural communities. Less than 20 percent of American dentists offer care to Medicaid recipients, and an even smaller percentage serve those who are below the poverty line, chronically ill, or living in a rural area. In short, the needs of many are not being met.
Studies have shown a strong correlation between appearance and income. Without access to affordable dental care there needs to be other options for those looking to brighten their smile and gain confidence. While searching for a job, even the most qualified candidates may find themselves passed-over in favor of a candidate with a more ideal smile.
Having an unattractive smile is a struggle all on its own, and this is only compounded when attempting to entering the workforce. Consider #Brighter Image Lab as an alternative option for your cosmetic smile needs.