Studies have shown that the simple act of smiling changes your brain chemistry and increases your “happy” transmitters. Smiling is a built-in mood stabilizer and there are huge benefits for both the person smiling and the person receiving the smile. When you smile at another person, the physical act releases endorphins (nature’s happy drug) in your brain that make you feel happy and raise your self-esteem, and probably does the same for the person you’re smiling at.
In 1989, a psychologist named Robert Zajonc conducted a study on the emotional effects of smiling. In his experiment, his subjects repeated vowel sounds that forced their faces into different expressions. To mimic a smile, they made the long “e” sound that stretches the corners of the mouth outward. He then had them make other sounds, like the long “u,” creates a pouty expression. Afterwards, subjects reported feeling good after making the long “e” sound, and feeling bad after the long “u.”
Science has proven that smiling really does do wonders for your mood and confidence. Some people, however, don’t smile often due to shyness or self-consciousness about their teeth, especially if their teeth are crooked, discolored or missing. Having a “bad” smile, whether real or perceived, can deprive a person of a life full of smiling and all the health benefits that come along with it. If you are one of those people, your dentist can talk to you about cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve or even completely transform the appearance of your smile, making you want to show it off for as many people as possible. Far from being just a cosmetic procedure, a smile makeover can do wonders for your confidence and in general, can improve your overall mental health.
If you have issues with your teeth, the first step is to make sure you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and eating healthy foods and vitamins. From there, cosmetic dental care, which can include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, orthodontics, dental bonding can restore your smile and bite in profound ways. Talk to your dentist today about getting a smile makeover.