Online dating offers a convenient alternative to the traditional bar scene, but it also brings its own set of challenges. The veritable mountain of available listings scattered across dating sites, for instance, can make it easy for your profile to get lost in the crowd. But this doesn’t mean you should give up; instead, look for ways of improving your dating profile to make it stand out from the rest.
Perhaps the single most effective way of boosting your responses is to improve your profile picture. Make sure you choose one in which you’re smiling because people perceive smiles to be an indicator that you are friendly, likable, and approachable. Assuming, of course, that your pearly whites really are still white.
“Teeth whitening is one of the most common reasons why people come to Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry,” says Dr. Elliot Koschitzki. “Teeth whitening brings rapid results, it’s affordable, and it can instantly improve a profile picture with just one dentist visit,” adds Dr. Nick Augenbaum, who also practices at the cosmetic dentistry clinic in Long Island.
Plus, actually whitening your teeth instead of just Photoshopping them won’t disappoint the dates you decide to meet in person. In-office teeth whitening is far more effective than using over-the-counter whitening products and a cosmetic dentist can help reduce your risk of tooth sensitivity from the gel.
If you have a little more time to invest in your smile for your profile picture, consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about dental veneers. For this procedure, your dentist will firmly bond a wafer-thin porcelain shell to the front sides of your teeth. The veneers are adjusted to the shape and shade that best suit your smile. Porcelain veneers can instantly camouflage a wide range of dental embarrassments, including stubborn discolorations, chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, and misshapen teeth.
When your smile is perfected and your profile picture is taken, it’s time to take a second look at your actual profile. Many people make the mistake of making broad statements about their attributes, such as, “I’m funny and enjoy having a good time,” or “I’m a caring person who wants someone to share life with.” While these statements could very well be true, they don’t necessarily seem genuine when read by a total stranger online. Think back to your high school English class and remember the importance of “show, don’t tell.” That is, show your potential dates that you’re a funny person by cracking a few jokes throughout your profile. Show them that you’re a caring person by mentioning that you volunteer at an animal shelter on weekends (provided, of course, that this is true).
Nothing turns off an intelligent profile viewer faster than abusing acronyms (e.g. using “LOL” every other word), writing “you” instead of “your” (e.g. “put you number here), or making other silly writing mistakes. Scrutinize your profile before publishing it and if your language usage is a little shaky, ask a grammatically inclined friend to help.
In fact, it’s always a good idea to ask a friend to review your profile before you publish it, even if you have a solid grasp on the English language. Ask your buddy to scrutinize your profile picture, compliment your fantastic new teeth, and let you know how your profile might seem to a viewer.
Still looking for the perfect profile picture? Set up a consultation with a cosmetic dentist first. Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is now accepting new patients for teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental implants, and our other specialized services.
Call (631) 296-0549 today to request a free consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot.
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