Get Ahead Grin
Could teeth be getting in the way of your success? MC Beauty Director Erin Flaherty explores the challenges of an imperfect smile, and shares why she finally decided to do something about it.
If it's true that the office is a grown-up playground, my career anxieties can be summed up with a quick description of schoolgirl hell. I was the unfortunate kid with an alarming overbite and, to add insult to injury, crooked lower teeth. A boy I worshipped nicknamed me Bugs Bunny; a nemesis called me bucktoothed. I finally persuaded my parents to send me to an orthodontist, who, upon evaluating my mouth in front of several colleagues, declared, "Here we have a young girl who could be pretty if her bite were fixed." I begged my parents for braces, but budgetwise, orthodontics weren't a priority. For years, I fantasized about straight teeth, unbending paper clips and molding them over my incisors when I was alone in my room. Over time, I mastered the fine art of evasion, perfecting aRead More »from Guide to a Get-Ahead Grin