Chicago is the city that works. World Business Chicago reports that our July 2013 unemployment rate is down compared to the previous month, and that the metro area currently employs about 4,443 million residents. New employment opportunities are popping up in the windy city in sectors like education, health and social services, professional services, arts and entertainment, tourism, real estate, finance and insurance, and manufacturing.
If you are being interviewed for one of those coveted position, the hiring manager (or, gulp, hiring TEAM) is assessing every aspect of your appearance . . . including your smile. Why? Because your grooming, facial expressions, and level of confidence say nearly as much about your fitness for the job as your résumé does. A straight, gleaming smile that you flash with assurance goes a long way toward landing the post.
But what if that interview is soon – in just a couple of weeks? What if there isn’t time for gradual teeth whitening at home and six to eighteen months in orthodontics? Porcelain veneers could be the answer to your dilemma.
A veneer is about the thickness of a contact lens. It is precisely crafted out of strong, luminous porcelain that looks like bright tooth enamel and resists stains. A very small amount of enamel is removed from the front surface of the tooth to allow the veneer to fit snugly and look natural. A single tooth may be veneered, or all of those that show readily.
Veneers are wonderfully versatile. I use them to give my patients flawless smiles by:
- Lending the appearance of perfectly straight, evenly spaced teeth.
- Disguising natural flaws (pits or bumps) in the enamel.
- Improving the appearance of poorly shaped teeth or those that are worn down.
- Giving uniformity to the length of teeth.
- Hiding chips or cracks.
- Concealing stains, and discoloration from old, darkened dental work.
Lumineers are even thinner and usually require no “prepping” of the enamel. They are great for minor changes, while traditional veneers are more appropriate for dramatic smile improvements.
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers may usually be designed, crafted, and placed in just two visits (about two weeks apart). You’ll probably spend more time choosing a suit to wear to your job interview, than in my dental chair. But your smile will make a lasting impression for years to come.