There’s a lot more value in beautiful teeth and smiles than most people realize. When your teeth are chipped, crooked or discolored, you may feel self-conscious about smiling. This is a real shame because smiling and happiness go hand in hand.

Psychological and Scientific Testing Show the Effects of Smiling

Psychology Today  published an article about smiling and the effect it has on you and others around you. According to the article, some things about smiling you should know, are that smiling:

  • Makes you seem more attractive to other people
  • Puts you in a better mood
  • Is good for your health

Association of Smiles with Attractiveness

Face Research Laboratory researchers in Scotland did a study and that found men and women were both more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled.

Research That Showed Smiling Is Good for Your Health and Mood

Researchers say that smiling releases neuropeptides in the brain that are associated with fighting off stress. Smiling releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins (neurotransmitters), and the effect on your body is relaxation, lowered heart rate and lower blood pressure. Endorphins are also natural pain relievers. Serotonin can act as an anti-depressant.

Smiling Is Contagious

In a Swedish study, researchers showed participants pictures of various emotions including anger, fear, joy and surprise. They asked the person to frown when they saw a picture of someone smiling, but most of the participants smiled and had to make a real effort to frown. So, the song lyric that goes, “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you,” has actual basis in scientific fact.

If Beautiful Teeth Can Lead to Smiles…

If you’re holding back on smiling because you’re not happy with your teeth, that’s something you can change. Today’s dentistry makes it easy for everyone to have beautiful teeth. Don’t miss out on smiling!

Dr. Baker can help you have that teeth that make you want to smile.