Social scientists have long connected an optimistic, sunny demeanor with better general health and increased longevity. An attractive smile opens you up to increased social interaction. It tears down imaginary walls and identifies you as someone that is a positive force in the world. A true smile also implies confidence and success in the professional arena. Honest and sincere smiles are a confluence of the eyes and mouth and are difficult to fake because the eyes always tell the truth. Smiling automatically spreads happiness to others and inspires them to reciprocate.
One of the best things that we can hear as dental professionals is when a patient- and there are many like this- tells us that they haven’t smiled in public, or for a family photo, in years because they were ashamed of their teeth, but now after a few simple procedures, they can’t stop showing the world their pearly whites. There are many people out there like this. We love helping correct crooked or discolored teeth and the procedures are easier than most think. The results can improve one’s self-esteem resulting in happier spouses, kids and coworkers. A clean and true smile is infectious, and with a little work, anyone can have one. If the scientific community is correct, feeling proud of your smile can help improve all aspects of your life and maybe even help you live longer.