If your smile is plagued by chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth, you might be in the habit of hiding your grin behind your lips or hand. However, showing off your smile not only broadcasts how you’re feeling, but it also comes with health advantages, including an elevated mood. It can be hard to show off those pearly whites when they’re riddled with imperfections, but cosmetic dentistry can make them a thing of the past. Here are the top five benefits of smiling after getting cosmetic dental work.
Make a Good First Impression
Needless to say, a person who is smiling automatically becomes more approachable. However, studies suggest that people with bright smiles are perceived as more trustworthy, more successful, and friendlier. Making a good first impression in this way can open doors on your life – romantically, socially, and professionally.
Improve Your Mood
Even if you don’t particularly feel like smiling, try it anyway! Research shows that physically moving your mouth into a smile produces the same brain activity as if you had smiled naturally. It may trigger the creation of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that are both linked to elevated moods.
After a particularly stressful situation, feel free to reward yourself with a smile of relief. Smiling actually reduces the heart rate, helping you calm down more quickly. You’re also more likely to avoid the health risks associated with chronic stress.
In a study conducted by the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, participants were presented with two sets of photos. One featured people smiling and the other showed people with neutral facial expressions. Participants overwhelmingly believed the grinning people looked younger. Even with laugh lines on your face, showing off a brilliant set of teeth can take years off your appearance!
Boost Your Immune System
Believe it or not, smiling and laughing actually increase your white blood cell count. This makes it easier for your body to fight off foreign pathogens and prevent illness. Who knew smiling could keep you from getting sick?
Are you ready to begin enjoying the benefits of smiling in earnest? Getting a set of pearly whites that you can be proud of is as simple as picking up the phone. Call your cosmetic dentist today to start looking and feeling better tomorrow!
About the Practice
Since 1962, Dr. Steve Scannell and Dr. Keith Hollinger have been serving patients in East Longmeadow, MA and the surrounding communities with compassionate, modern dental care. Their cozy dental office environment houses luxurious amenities and cutting-edge dental technology, and they strive to create lasting, professional relationships with their patients. They also provide multiple cosmetic dentistry services, like veneers, teeth whitening, and Invisalign – all customized to meet each patient’s specific needs. To learn more about the benefits of smiling for yourself, you can contact Scannell & Hollinger via their website or at (413) 525-6821.