Your smile is your best accessory. When you share it freely, it can make you seem more attractive, more approachable, and more trustworthy to others. A confident smile can help you land jobs, win friends, and find love. But believe it or not, smiling can also make you healthier.
If you’re hiding your smile because of broken or missing teeth, it may be time for dental implants. Take a look below at some of the ways a full smile makes you healthy.
Smiling boosts your mood
We all know our facial expressions convey our moods, but did you know the opposite is also true? Yep. The muscles in your face can transform your feelings. When you’re blue, try smiling anyway. It will communicate to your brain that you feel better. And then you will. So, yeah…you actually can “fake it ‘til you make it.” Remember this the next time you’re in bumper-to-bumper San Diego traffic.
Smiling spreads joy
Smiling is contagious. When you smile at someone, you activate their mirror neurons and they’ll smile back. It sparks a social connection that helps you both feel good. Try smiling for the sake of spreading joy to others. You’ll reap the benefits from it, too. Studies show that when people deliberately help others, the brain releases feel-good chemicals — something psychologists call “helper’s high.”
Smiling reduces stress and helps the heart
In one study, researchers asked volunteers to participate in activities designed to increase stress. Researchers monitored the heart rates of volunteers while they performed the stressful tasks. Some participants were instructed to smile during the activities, and others were not. Those who were asked to smile had lower heart rates after recovery than those who maintained neutral expressions. Smiling may be the hardest thing to do when you’re stressed out, but it might also be the best thing for you, too.
Smiling can lead to a longer life
The next time you walk down the street, try smiling at a stranger. When the stranger smiles back, take note of how you feel in that moment. Chances are, you’ll feel pretty good. Smiling bonds people together, even if only for a brief moment of passing, and research shows that strong social bonds predict greater mental well-being, faster recovery, and longer life expectancy.
Smiling may actually help fight cancer
A person’s thoughts have a direct effect on their cell function. The mood-boosting and de-stressing power of your smile can shift a negative perspective to a positive one. According to some scientists, that shift can actively fight against stress-induced cell mutations that lead to various cancers.
The more confidence you have in your smile, the more likely you are to set it free!
People with broken or missing teeth tend to either hide their smiles behind their lips or hands – or repress their smiles altogether. If you have problems with your teeth, you may not allow yourself to smile as much as you’d like.
At Dental Implant Experts, we can help you set your smile free.
When you come to us for your dental implants, not only are you in the care of world-class experts, but you also get a quick turnaround that allows you to start reaping the benefits of your beautiful smile right away! Whether you need an implant to replace one missing tooth or the Hybrid4 Fixed Bridge procedure to replace a whole mouthful of missing teeth, we can send you home with a complete smile in a single day.
Imagine walking into our office with a smile that you feel the need to hide and walking out with a confident smile that you’re eager to share with others!
At Dental Implant Experts, we can make that happen. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today.