We’ve all had one of those almost magical experiences that just made us feel so good: a loved one presenting you with a box of chocolates after a bad day at work, pulling a winning lottery ticket, meeting a long-lost friend, the perfect surprise birthday party, when he pulls out that engagement ring, or when she says “I do.” These kinds of great experiences make us happy in part because they provide a huge boost to our mood, reducing our levels of stress hormones and giving us a big bump in “feel-good” hormones like endorphins. But did you know that you can experience the same kind of mood boost from something as simple as a genuine smile?
We already know that your smile is one of the first things that new people notice when they meet you and that smiling is a universal language understood by just about everyone all over the world. In fact, more than 30% of people smile more than 20 times per day! We know that smiling can have a big impact on our relationships, our family life, and even our jobs. Studies have found that people who smile during interviews are more likely to get job offers and promotions, even if the interview is being conducted over the phone!
But smiling is good for more than just our social life. Smiling is actually good for our health, too! Besides those feel-good hormones we already mentioned, smiling actually has documented therapeutic effects on mood, stress, and overall health. Smiling has even been associated with a decrease in blood pressure! So why don’t we smile all the time?
Well, here’s the kicker: a smile only has benefits if it’s a genuine smile. Not only does forcing or faking a smile not necessarily generate all those positive health benefits, but people can see through a fake smile, according to neurologists who study the physiology of facial expressions. A genuine smile is more than just flashing your pearly whites or bending up the corners of your mouth, it actually engages the muscles of your face that circle your eyes, too. When you genuinely smile, you’re smiling with your mouth and your eyes. That shows people that you really mean it and helps kickstart those positive health and mood effects that come with smiling.
The trouble is, many people may have difficulty producing a genuine smile because they don’t feel very good about the appearance of their teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry from your Overland Park dentist can help! If you’re not feeling confident in your smile, we have a variety of treatments and procedures that can help you to develop your brightest, healthiest smile and start enjoying the benefits that come with a genuine smile.
So if you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile, contact your Overland Park family dentist today by calling (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or learn more about how cosmetic dentistry from Watts Family Dental can leave you smiling.