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5 Reasons to Be Thankful for a Healthy Smile

Healthy smileWhile some people are lucky enough to be born with the genes that will give them a straight, strong, gleaming smile, the rest of the population may need a little help getting the best grin possible. But when your smile is healthy and beautiful, that’s something to be thankful for, no matter how you came to have it.

1. Smiling makes you happy.

Smiling creates a feel-good party in your brain. A genuine smile that reaches your eyes sends a message to your brain to be happy. A smile can even act as a natural pain reliever. Though it’s no doubt difficult to smile if your teeth are giving you trouble. Restorative dentistry is the place to start to ensure that your mouth is free of periodontal disease or other problems, like broken or cracked teeth.

2. You look better when you smile.

We are all judged by our appearance, no matter how much we might wish otherwise. Smiling can influence whether you get the promotion, the second date, or even a free cup of coffee in the drive-thru. A good smile makes you look healthier, smarter, wealthier, and more competent. And while any smile is better than no smile at all, a white, straight smile is the pinnacle. If your smile is dull or crooked, cosmetic dentistry solutions like teeth whitening (a quick fix!), porcelain veneers, or Invisalign will transform your appearance in only good ways.

3. Smiling is infectious.

The people who surround you daily affect your mood and level of happiness. If they’re smiling, chances are, you’re more likely to smile too. And vice versa. The human body absorbs suggestions, so if there are negative emotions or frowns going around, they’re contagious. The same goes for smiles – see one, and you’re more likely to have one yourself. Think about how much happier you’ll be with your spouse, your kids, your friends, and your coworkers if you’re all smiling. Knowing that the teeth you’re showing off in that smile are aesthetically pleasing makes you more confident and willing to flash your grin.

4. Smiling makes you look trustworthy.

A University of Pennsylvania study found that the act of smiling affected or changed opinions of a person’s trustworthiness. The photos of those in the study with the most high-watt smiles received the highest ratings of trustworthiness. Ideally, the intentions in your heart mirror the message your smile is sending.

5. It’s easy to get a straight smile.

In many cases, your smile solutions will take only one or two visits to your dentist. Whether you need a cleaning, desire a whitening treatment on your lunch break, or are ready to invest in porcelain veneers or Lumineers, it’s time to smile like you mean it. Make an appointment with Red Bank Dentistry for your consultation.