The Benefits of Smiling

Girl smiling holding up watermelon

For us, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing one of our patients wear his or her brand new smile confidently. Every day, we restore our patients’ smiles through everything from dental implants, dentures and dental crowns, to simple teeth whitening procedures.

As the new year begins, making a point to smile more should be on the top of everyone’s list! There’s nothing like giving someone a big smile to brighten their day, and lift your own mood as well! The sense of well-being that you get when you smile or let out a big laugh is not just in your head. There are numerous benefits that are scientifically proven to improve different aspects of your health, and given that smiles and laughing are contagious, others will reap the benefits as well! Cosmetic dentistry not only improves the health of your teeth and gums, it gives you the confidence to smile wider and laugh longer without trying to cover your mouth. Let’s look at some of the reasons why smiling is so important for you and those around you!

Smiling makes you happy

Young girl forcing a smile
It might sound backwards, but forcing a smile can actually improve your mood!

Sometimes your day just doesn’t go as planned. If you have children, they might keep you up through the night and create a stressful morning. Perhaps you spilled your coffee on your new shirt or a coworker is giving you grief. Circumstances rarely line up to create the perfect day, and if we are simply reacting to every situation, our attitudes will quickly go south! Being proactive and choosing to stay positive regardless of what’s happening around you will always make you feel better (and it will lighten the mood of those around you, too!) Simply choosing to smile triggers “happy” neurotransmitters in your brain, such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins. It’s easy to believe that action follows feeling, but following that logic, a smile may not cross your face over the whole course of a day! Deciding to smile sends signals to your brain to be happy, and you will inevitably feel happier in the midst of any situation.  

Smiling makes you healthier

According to the NCBI, there have been multiple studies done concluding that happiness leads to a longer life. From heart disease to hypertension, lower levels of happiness lead to health issues. These studies confirm that when you are happier, your weight is managed better and you are less likely to behave in ways that put your health at risk. While there are different factors that determine how naturally happy you are, there are definitely things you can do to start increasing happiness in small ways. Have you ever noticed that your mood is lifted after watching a funny movie or listening to a comedian? Smiling leads laughing, which is proven to improve your mood and relieve stress. The Mayo Clinic points out that laughing enhances your health in numerous ways, including:

  • Increasing your intake of oxygen, aiding your vital organs.
  • Encouraging your muscles to relax and boosts circulation. 
  • Relieving some symptoms of depression, which reduces cortisol in our body
  • Strengthening your immune system by preventing the chemical reactions that happen when you dwell on negativity. 

Whether it comes naturally or needs to be cultivated, the ability to laugh easily is good for everyone. Make a point to bring laughter into your day and your whole body will benefit. Additionally, because laughter is contagious, anyone who is around you will get a boost as well! Whether it’s reading a funny story, watching a humorous clip online, or perhaps listening to a comedian on your way to work, being intentional about humor is serious business when it comes to your health.

Smiling improves your social life

Not surprisingly, smiling makes you more pleasant to be around!
Three female friends enjoying breakfast and laughing

It is no surprise that a smile puts others at ease. When you smile, those on the receiving end will mirror that action and feel happier themselves! It’s a difficult task to refrain from smiling when we see others happy. We all want to be around people who lift our moods, so the simple act of putting a smile on your face will help you gain favor, whether it’s when you’re meeting new people or trying to make a good impression at work. Activating those smile muscles makes you look more warm and naturally appealing, drawing others to you. Smiling communicates self-assurance, while insecurity tends to manifest as a downcast look. Adopting a positive attitude and choosing to smile will definitely make it less difficult to make new friends! 

Confidence is a huge part of a winning smile, which is why cosmetic dentistry is always in demand! If your teeth are stained, crooked, or decayed, it’s much less likely that you’ll let a big grin cross your face. With pearly white and straight teeth, it’s easier to show off your smile or let out a big laugh. You don’t have to wait to gain your smile-confidence back. There is no case that is beyond repair, so whether your apprehension is financial-related or you are just nervous, we will be with you every step of the way to make sure your concerns are addressed. Call our office today and we can get you started on your perfect smile journey!