Was speaking to a young waitress recently and somehow we got on the subject of her smile (imagine that!). Believe it or not, I really try not to identify myself as “Dr.” or even when on the golf course and after 1-2 holes it is almost inevitable that someone in your foursome asks “what do you do?” I always try to avoid saying I am a dentist. But somehow this waitress found out.
She asked me how much it would cost to improve her smile. Of course I wanted to be professional and I told her that “I am sure you can understand that it wouldn’t be proper for a Dr. to quote you a fee like this, but I would be happy to discuss it with her professionally and give her a close range when she comes into the office to talk to me about it.” She then said an interesting thing: she asked me “well it costs less than boobs, doesn’t it?”
Having heard this before, it did not surprise me. I answered: “I don’t know exactly what that’s worth to you, but I do know your smile is the first thing people notice about you, use and see all the time, and in an instant, can say volumes about you, gives you esteem and confidence as well.”