Picture the scene: you’re about to start your first day at a new job, and you’re excited for a fresh start in a position you find challenging and interesting. Your outfit is professional, you’ve packed everything you’ll need to get through the day, and you’re hopeful you’ll make a great impression on your new boss and colleagues. But before you climb out of your car and walk into your new office, you make the mistake of checking your reflection in your mirror. Suddenly, your confidence and excitement vanish: your smile is too yellow, too crooked. Perhaps you’re even missing a tooth. Instead of thinking about the great opportunity you have before you, you’re now wondering what clients and coworkers will think about your teeth.
This situation is incredibly common: studies show that Americans