Your Smile and How it Affects You

Scientists have discovered that smiles can be contagious. They can make us feel happier, boost positive interactions with others and can even lead to others thinking we are more attractive. A single smile can have a powerful effect on your brain. As soon as you smile, neuropeptides, molecules that promote communication between neurons, are released.

These neurons spread dopamine, serotonin and feel-good endorphins throughout your body, which can lower your blood pressure and leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed. The serotonin rush brought on by a natural smile can flood your body with serotonin, a natural mood booster while the endorphins ease pain.

According to researchers at the University Of Aberdeen, Scotland, people are more attracted to the pictures of those who are smiling and making eye contact (Source). Those around you are more likely to join you in your smile, too. In fact, one Swedish study revealed that people who were shown pictures of smiles were likely to smile in response.

Your smile can be at least partially responsible for the first impression you make on people. That first impression can be positive, or it can be negative. If you have a bright, natural smile, those around you are likely to feel drawn to you and have a positive impression of you. Your smile includes not just your mouth and teeth but also your cheeks and eyes. In fact, it can make your entire face light up and boost your natural attractiveness.


Look more Youthful with an Attractive Smile

However, your smile can also detract from your overall appearance. An unhealthy or unattractive smile can add as much as a decade to your appearance. Because whiter teeth are associated with a more youthful appearance, dingy stains can leave your teeth looking dull and unattractive. Poorly shaped teeth or damaged teeth can add even more years. When teeth are missing, the muscles of the face and particularly around the jaws can become weak, cheeks can collapse and premature wrinkling can develop.

Instead of hiding your unattractive smile or not smiling at all, consider your dental options for achieving the smile you want. An experienced dentist can offer you a variety of treatments that can restore damaged teeth, replace missing teeth and improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most common treatments in cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist can use a special bleach to eliminate stains not just from the surface of your teeth but also from deep inside the dentin of your teeth. Some treatments can be performed in the comfort of your own home while others take just an hour and can be performed in the dental office.

Dental Veneers

Dental bondings and dental veneers can be used to correct a variety of issues. Stains, chips, cracks and gaps can all be concealed with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Dental bonding can be used to correct small areas of damage or discoloration, and porcelain veneers can correct more serious aesthetic concerns. Your dentist may need to prepare your teeth before he or she places the veneers. A small amount of enamel will be trimmed away, and then the porcelain veneers will be bonded to the fronts of your teeth to improve their appearance. Dental implants can be used to restore missing teeth. They are the most natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration option available today.

James Kaper

As a North Hollywood dentist (, James Kaper provides a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments and strive to educate his patients about the importance of their dental and oral health.

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