Do you greet the world with a big smile, or are you self-conscious about your mouth? When you’re insecure about your teeth, you may be uncomfortable smiling, but did you know smiling has many benefits? We’ll even go so far as to say that improving your mouth will not just improve your smile: it will improve your life. What’s so important about a beautiful smile?
- Smiling boosts your confidence. The act of smiling releases endorphins, “feel-good” chemicals, in your brain. This raises your self-esteem and makes you feel more confident. Smiling increases the positivity of your attitude and helps you build healthy and positive relationships with the people around you.
- When you smile, you make a better impression on others. If the look on your face is negative, it creates anxiety in those around you. By contrast, when you smile, it makes other people feel better. A recent study indicated that 57 percent of people say a smile from a stranger makes them want to smile as well, and 88 percent of the people surveyed said that when someone smiles at them, it improves their mood and makes them feel better about themselves. In business situations, a smile helps you to seem trustworthy, confident, and successful; smiling in social situations puts people at ease.
- A smile can improve your health by lowering your blood pressure and reducing stress. When you smile, even if you don’t feel like smiling, you lower your heart rate, reduce your stress, and even boost your immunity. In fact, there’s even evidence to suggest that smiling can increase your longevity.
- Smiling makes you look you look younger. One study found that when people looked at photos and estimated the age of the subjects, they guessed up to two years younger than was accurate for the people who were smiling. A healthy, beautiful smile makes you look more attractive to other people, which also tends to lower their perception of your age.
If you’re ready to improve your smile, we can help. At Belmont Dental Group, our team of dentists provides personalized and gentle dental care, backed up by more than 25 years of experience. We believe in open, honest communication, and encourage our patients to ask questions and learn all they can about different treatment options and make informed decisions. Our practice covers all phases of dentistry from teeth cleaning to cosmetic dentistry to emergency care, and we’re committed to helping patients become partners in their own dental health. We always have your best interests in mind and will use our training and technology to benefit you and your family. If you’re looking for quality dental services and personalized care in an atmosphere of trust, call (617) 484-2431 or contact us through our website to learn more.