"Well, I do notice women's shoes & tights while they're in the dental chair because
the patient's feet are elevated." --Dr. K., my dentist
Today I was posed with the age-old question: what should I wear to the dentist? The choice is no easy matter. After all, you want to convey the impression that even if your teeth don't look so good, you've got it together in other areas of your life (even if your life is a mess).
One problem, of course, is that the top part of your outfit will be covered with a white bib--rarely a good fashion accessory. Aim for stylish hose or nice pants to offset this blight.
Another concern: chances are you're going to be tense and warm while they're working on you. A thin cotton shirt might get slightly sweaty and wrinkly. A sweater can be oppressive. Aim for breathable layers.
You may want to wear a collared shirt--always a sign of composure. But don't choose white in case of blood splatters (sorry--ewwww!).
a lot more about you than you do about them.
Make-up? Absolutely. Remember they've got a magnifying glass on you!
They WILL notice your shoes, so make sure they're in decent shape.
For my dentist trip, I wore a denim dress & sweater tights. Dr. K. complimented my tights the moment I sat down in the chair. As I left the dentist, I saw a woman in the parking lot in a short skirt & lovely heathered tights, & I thought wow! I must not be the only one who thinks about these things.
Additional factors to consider: you may be tempted to carry bags of things to do with you to the dentist. The long
hiatus in the waiting room does seem like a perfect place to start your taxes. But resist! You're only going to end up reading Better Homes & Gardens in the waiting room anyway. And where are you going to put all those bags once
you're in the operating room? You'll look much more put together if you just carry one outfit-coordinating, high style bag.
In the end, the goal is to arrive and depart cool, calm, & put together.
to the doctor.
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