How vital do you think having perfect teeth is to landing a prestigious entry level job?

I'm wondering what your thoughts are on this. I'm 1/4 Irish and 3/4 German. I come from a wealthy family, but they wouldn't even pay for braces. My teeth are a bit crooked (almost done invisalign in two months), two small chips due to playing spots, and kind of small due to my genes (parents also skimped in whole milk, quality fish, etc...). I really don't want to be held down due to this minor (perceived) flaw. I've always been the brightest and would rather do technology sales than be held down for life in a place like NYC.

I can either spend 25-30k on my teeth or put it towards a downpayment on a house and build ~130k in equity. I already have family I could pay to collect that rent and an established network of trade professionals in the area. On the other hand, I could spend 25-30k to do a whole set of Zirconia veneers on my upper teeth (and could still make rent in NYC).

Looking to hear your thoughts on this.

P.S. Almost finished Invisalign.

Comments (22)

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:07pm

Just do Invisalign and whitening, far less $$, I'm sure that will be sufficient and potentially have a major impact for just a couple thousand $$, most orthodontists let you pay over time. There's an express version now that's faster than prior orthodontics.
I do think overall, investments in your appearance are always worthwhile.

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Mar 25, 2020 - 5:11pm

I can see why it would affect your chances, not directly but there's definitely bias against poor hygiene. Especially if it's client facing job you're looking at.

it's your teeth, your discretion, but get invisalign. Honestly fixing my teeth was the best decision ive made

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Mar 26, 2020 - 12:32pm

Thank you. I've decided to spend the money on my teeth. I might just do Porcelain Veneers (20-24k) depending if the Zirconia based ones are a bad fit for my mouth. Having imperfect teeth has already screwed me terribly. Plus, I think perfect teeth is a huge asset if I go into technology sales.

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Mar 26, 2020 - 3:40am

Nobody cares. Focus on other things.

If you want to improve your teeth for health/look reasons - sure, good idea. But don't do it because of recruiting, it doesn't matter.

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Mar 26, 2020 - 9:31pm

Always invest in yourself especially when you have the money to do it . Hygiene, skin care, physical health , mental health and suits are important when you're applying for a competitive job.

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:31pm

Some might not understand, but a perfect smile does wonders. It improves your confidence significantly and as a result, has a measurable impact on your ability to network, interview confidently, and speak to an audience etc. Getting braces as a teenager and playing sports to get in shape have done wonders for me. highly recommended.

Oct 16, 2021 - 7:08am

I was in the same position, but decided it was important and put on a mouth caps. These are not braces, but they helped me. In general, I think that now in order to occupy some important and visible position in the company, it is not necessary to comply with a huge number of social norms and standards, since now is just the time to abandon any "norms". If you do not have a serious need to put braces, but you want to correct the bite, then I can also advise you to make special mouth guards for your teeth. Or, if this also does not suit you, then just take care of your teeth as always, this will be enough. I advise you to read this Dental Waterpik review and perhaps introduce something similar into your care

Oct 16, 2021 - 8:40am

I don't think it's that big a deal, but it's obvious this issue is on your mind and affecting your confidence. So I would fix your teeth just because I think it will improve your mental health, self confidence and overall happiness.

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Nov 11, 2021 - 10:38am

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