We all understand that having a beautiful, healthy, bright smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we can now improve our teeth and smiles with treatments that are quick, painless, surprisingly affordable, and more effective than ever.
When we feel great, a smile comes naturally. It's an outward sign of joy, happiness, appreciation, amusement, excitement, good health, and contentment. Smiling relaxes the facial muscles and calms the nervous system. We look and feel our best when we smile. That is why we all strive to obtain the best smile possible.
Scientists have found that smiling on purpose can help people feel better. Just the simple act of putting a smile on your face can lead you to feel actual happiness, joy, or amusement. Smiling on purpose changes brain chemistry. So, it can be a big help to people who are dealing with depression and anxiety. But how do you smile if you're not feeling it?
Our body language can influence our emotions. In one study, researchers discovered that people who stood in a confident way, ended up feeling more confident. In another study, people who intentionally put on a facial expression (like a smile or a frown) ended up feeling the emotion that went with it.
Here's the best part: Smiling helps you feel happier. Being happier helps you keep the smile going in a genuine way. Your fake smile is now a real one!
There's just one trick to making smiling work for you: You must to do it the right way. A true, genuine smile is called a Duchenne smile. It involves contraction of both the zygomatic major muscle (which raises the corners of the mouth) and the orbicularis oculi muscle (which raises the cheeks and forms crow's feet around the eyes). The Duchenne smile has been described as "smizing", as in "smiling with the eyes". The Duchenne smile uses all the muscles in the face, including the "laugh lines" around your eyes. Engaging all these muscles is important, even in a fake smile. If you're smiling on purpose to help your mood, you will want to smile until your cheeks move up and you become aware of the laugh lines crinkling around your eyes. You can see how it feels by holding a pencil horizontally between your teeth as you smile.
Just like 'fake' smiling, 'fake' laughing turns into spontaneous real laughter, and it's contagious. You can try this for yourself: Bring a group together. The group can be family, friends, classmates, teammates, club members, etc. Get everyone to participate by doing some fake laughing. Now see if anyone can keep a straight face!
Because smiling and laughing are contagious, they help people bond. Smiling sends a friendly signal that usually results in the other person smiling back. Scientists have even found that we connect in a physical way when we share a smile or a positive emotion. Our breathing and heart rates sync up, bringing powerful benefits to our health and well-being.
So, the next time someone tells you to "cheer up" when you're in a low mood, you will want to own it. Your shared happiness might end up making that person feel happier too!
It stands to reason that you won’t feel as confident while smiling if you have missing, dingy or decayed teeth. Hence the reason for the explosion of interest in cosmetic dentistry! So, to regain your best smile, you may have a need for restorative treatments. You can feel confident that Dr. Patrick Smith, DDS, in his Juno Beach office, will be happy to discuss all available options for restoring your beautiful smile and recommend what he believes will be the best options, keeping your comfort in mind and by providing the least invasive treatment approaches. Providing you with excellent care is Dr. Smith’s top priority when restoring your beautiful smile.
If you are having trouble with your dental work and smile, you can always call: (561) 694-9000 to speak to Dr. Patrick Smith or a member of the staff at his Juno Beach office.
Nobody likes having a smile they have to hide – or that they avoid showing altogether. Your Juno Beach cosmetic dentist knows this, and that is why Dr. Patrick C. Smith's team in Juno Beach have made patient smiles and dental health a top priority. Dr. Patrick Smith has created 5-star treatment plans for full mouth restorations, and has done everything possible to give you a more enjoyable experience.
If you live in the Juno Beach or surrounding areas – and are looking for high-quality cosmetic dentistry, please contact the office of Dr. Patrick Smith now at (561) 694-9000. The helpful, friendly staff would be happy to talk to you about cosmetic dentistry and the other services offered.