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Why Smiling is More Important Than You Think

group of teenagers looking downConfidence: belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance

There are many reasons why each and every person should feel confident. Everyone has a talent in one form or another that allows them to lift their head up high. However, there is one specific thing that has a sizable influence on everyone’s level of positive or negative self-esteem: an attractive smile.

Smiling is a universal greeting. When you are confident about your smile and share it with other it releases endorphins and makes you feel good. It is a key player in your overall wellbeing and comes with many benefit.

Smiling is the purest expression of happiness and has the ability to:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase your lifespan
  • Lower the risk of cancer
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Elevate your mood
  • Induce a feeling of peace and satisfaction
  • Less stress
  • Increased feelings of joy
  • Reduces effects of pain and aggression
  • Increase good sleeping habits

These are only a few examples of what the power of a smile can do. However, as we grow and become older, the average adult only smiles approximately 20 times a day, whereas an infant or toddler smiles up to 400 times a day. Stress and the requirement to “adult” plays a role on our daily smile count, but for some it is the fact that they feel embarrassment or are uncomfortable sharing their smile because of dental issues.

When someone has misaligned, missing, or discolored teeth they often hide their smile, which keeps them from the benefits that a pearly-white grin has to offer. However, we can help you regain your confidence through the power of braces, dental implants, dentures, or teeth whitening.

Did you know that different smiles have different meanings?

  • Tight lipped – this can be a sign that someone is concealing a secret
  • No eye contact/turn away – shows vulnerability, shyness, and femininity
  • Sneer – a sign of contempt or sarcasm
  • Full open mouth – full joyfulness

Studies have shown that having an attractive smile makes you more alluring to others, 58% of men and 71% of women rate a smile as the most desirable feature that a potential partner can have.

When remembering new faces, 24% of Americans said that a smile is the number one feature they recall first, good or bad.

At least 50% (this is the lower side of the scale) will return a smile. Whether you are a close friend, loved family member, or a stranger at the grocery store, smiling is contagious.

If you feel like you are among the many who hide their smile due to dental issues, contact us today and let us help you find a way to gain back confidence and feel good about sharing your beautiful grin.

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