Being a parent isn’t the easiest thing to do in this world, whether you’re a good one or not. We often find ourselves just doing what we know, when we perhaps ought to think a little more about certain things that our parents did and how they ultimately affected us in our lives. For example, did your parents get you into the orthodontist when you were a kid so you could get braces? If not, maybe it’s because you didn’t need them, maybe it’s because they couldn’t afford them, or maybe it’s because they didn’t think about how it could determine anything of major significance in your life. Regardless, if you didn’t have braces and if at this point in your life you’re not uncomfortable with your smile, then there’s probably not much to worry about. However, if you are uncomfortable with your smile, then there’s a strong likelihood that it has already negatively impacted your personal self-esteem and as a result, your ability to display self-confidence at critical junctures of your life. You may also be someone, if you didn’t have braces as a kid, who isn’t particularly concerned about your imperfect smile and it hasn’t necessarily impacted your self-esteem in a negative way, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t held you back in ways that you don’t even know.
You may have never thought about it before, but people (especially in this country where it’s more common than not for people to care about the aesthetic appeal of theirs and others teeth) in hiring positions or other stations in life where your future may in some way be determined, sometimes subjectively base their decision on how they personally feel about you. And, the subjectivity of that decision could be influenced heavily on what your teeth look like. It sounds shallow and maybe it is, but anyone who is in charge of hiring for a company, has to take into consideration whether it’s a customer-facing position or not. If it is, they often understand the world they live in, the customers they deal with, and they make certain judgment calls based on relevant criteria. For example, a person in charge of hiring a customer-facing employee working in customer service for a high-end department store, most likely wouldn’t want someone with noticeably crooked teeth talking to and dealing with their discriminating customers. However, even though someone may be erroneously judgmental by nature, and make sub-conscious judgments in a hiring position for a customer service phone position where the employee would never be seen by their customers, they most likely would understand that in this scenario, the appearance of someone’s teeth is irrelevant. Regardless though, an interviewees’ ability to convey self-confidence in a hiring situation, whether they’ll ultimately be face-to-face with customers or not, can be affected by how they feel about their teeth and their willing or unwillingness to smile. These kinds of things are tough to quantify and so many people are so far from being in touch with the decision-making parts of their brains, that they may never be able to explain what they don’t like about someone and why they didn’t decide to extend them an offer. These are the kinds of situations where you, as a parent, are able to tip the scales in the favor of your child so that they’re not in some way, unfairly victimized during a process where the people who administer it don’t understand many of the decisions they make and why they make them.
Braces for teens during their adolescence may make them self-conscious when they originally get them, but this may indirectly become a confidence-building experience in their lives and teach them in the process, that there are certain sacrifice that one has to make in order to be able to enjoy things later in their lives. In fact, the sooner someone understands the concept of sacrifice, the sooner they’ll be able to get past the compulsion they may feel that causes them to seek immediate gratification for things. The more quickly that you as a parent are able to teach your child that they should have to earn something and will in effect, appreciate it more and learn how to work hard in the process, the earlier your decision to get them into an orthodontic specialist can culminate with their other positive attributes into a winning combination. It’s important to understand that there are some pretty simple things that you can do on your child’s behalf that can make a massive impact on their futures, and the reward of being able to witness your child experiencing success and finding happiness will be a fulfilling one for you.