The financial benefits of having straight teeth
In a previous article I wrote about the unfortunate reality of beauty discrimination in the world today. I said that “making yourself look more attractive is apparently one of the best investments you can make in your lifetime.” According to studies, an attractive looking man could make $250,000 more over his lifetime than someone who is unattractive.
So lately I’ve been thinking about improving my appearance permanently to increase my chances of becoming rich more quickly. I decided to start with my teeth because they are the least expensive to change. So last week I went and got braces! Thankfully I found a great dentist. 🙂 Unlike the unlucky patient in the picture below. 😛
This is the first time I’ve ever gotten braces so it feels a bit weird, and for the first couple of days it felt really tight and hurt when I eat. But I’m getting use to it now after the first week, and it doesn’t hurt as often anymore. These braces cost me $2,000 total. The dentist said I can get them removed within a year so I don’t have to wear them for too long. 🙂
I put the entire $2,000 balance on my credit card because I don’t have an emergency fund and I didn’t really plan for this. I had thought about getting braces for awhile, but what finally pushed me to do it was watching the new TV show I blogged about last week. I stated that one of my strategies to get rich is to copy what the rich do. I noticed that everyone has almost perfect teeth in that show. I’m sure having great smiles must have contributed to them being so famous on Instagram, and with fame often comes opportunities for fortune 🙂
Was this a dumb investment decision? especially considering it’s 100% financed on my credit card which has a 19.9% annual interest rate. Or will investing in my teeth’s appearance be one of the best financial choices I’ve ever made? 😀 I will let you guys know after my next performance review at work. If I get a bigger salary increase than normal, then I’ll know my new appearance is paying off 😉
Who knows. If this can really benefit my earning potential then later on I may decide to go for a brow lift or nose job too 😕
Random useless fact: In August 2013 scientists discovered a new animal in Colombia. They named this new species the Olinguito. It’s the first new carnivorous mammal found in the Western Hemisphere in more than 35 years. Below is a picture of a baby olinguito.