If you’ve ever doubted the power of a smile, just look at how songs, poems, and inspirational quotes exist to remind us that “when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” We love smiles so much that we put it right in our name! Here at Shiney Smiles Orthodontics, our goal is to give you a beautiful smile that stands out from the crowd. We’re proud to offer patients in Huntington and Woodbury a variety of treatment options to correct common orthodontic issues like crooked teeth and misalignment. Keep reading as we take a look at how your can leave a lasting impression with a straighter smile.
A healthier smile can increase your confidence and allow your personality to shine, but when you aren’t happy with the way your teeth look or feel, it can leave you feeling down. But why are smiles so important? Let’s take a closer look at why smiling can be so beneficial, and how our expert team can help you achieve a beautiful smile you’ll want to share with the world!
Turn back the hands of time temporarily
This benefit alone should be enough to make you consider the benefits of braces and aligners! Studies have shown that the more often an adult smiles, the younger people perceive them to be. Of course, there’s a catch—the reverse is also true! Those who make a habit out of frowning were frequently categorized as older than their true age. If you think about it, a big smile is a bit like a natural facelift: when the corners of your mouth are turned up, it raises your whole face, including the cheeks, jowls, and necks.
Smiling can also make you look thinner, with no calorie counting required! In a recent study by psychology students, sad faces were flashed on a computer screen. Participants judged them to be heavier than their real weight based on nothing more than a downturned mouth and unhappy expression. Turns out there was something to that whole “turn your frown upside down” thing after all!
Smiling makes you feel better
When you smile, it gets your “happy” chemicals flowing and creates an overall sense of well-being. The dopamine produced increases our feelings of happiness, and the serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Tiny molecules called neuropeptides also come into play, along with endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
The best part? The smile doesn’t even have to be genuine for you to benefit from it! Even faking a smile can make you feel better by boosting your mood and increasing your level of happiness. As Buddhist author Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
And don’t forget about the happiness you can bring to others with a genuine smile! A warm greeting can spread a little spark of joy to those around you with very little effort, leading to a domino effect of smiles, brightening up each person’s day in the process.
Smiling can increase your confidence level
When you feel good about your smile, you feel the freedom to truly be yourself. If you don’t like the way your smile looks or feels, it can be difficult to step outside your comfort zones and let your personality shine. This can hamper your ability to be seen and heard, and what you want to communicate may get lost before it ever reaches the intended audience. Treatment with Shiney Smiles Orthodontics can give you a smile that looks good and feels great, too! When you love the way your smile looks, you’ll feel more confident in yourself, and that will come through in a positive way when you’re interacting with others.
A healthier smile can help you feel better
Orthodontic treatment goes beyond improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Crooked teeth can be more difficult to clean and floss effectively, which increases the chances of developing tooth decay and cavities. Misalignment can lead to TMJ pain, chronic headaches, and can even have a negative impact on your speech. Correcting your orthodontic issues comes with a whole host of benefits, including improved digestion, reduced inflammation and infection, and better oral health overall.
Smiling is associated with qualities others admire
A century ago, researcher Edward Thorndike described something he called the “halo effect.” This phenomenon explains how our brains tend to attribute multiple positive qualities to a person based on us noticing just one positive quality. So what does that have to do with your smile? Invisalign was curious about this, too, and enlisted Kelton Global to conduct a perception study for them.
This survey found that straight teeth are often perceived to be an indicator of positive qualities like success, popularity, and even wealth. It also showed that about two-thirds of Americans are more likely to remember attractive features than those that they find to be unpleasant. Snap judgments happen subconsciously all the time, so you may as well take advantage of them by showing off your beautiful smile!
Put your best smile forward with treatment from Shiney Smiles Orthodontics
We all possess psychological cues that we use to communicate with each other in nonverbal ways. That means our gestures, posture, and smiles are conveying messages to those around us even if we’re not saying a word. It’s true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so what is your smile saying about you?
Here at Shiney Smiles Orthodontics, we want to give you a beautifully aligned, fully functional mouth. Healthier smiles have been linked to better moods, increased positivity, and reduced stress levels, so get in touch to find out how we can help you achieve a confident smile! We’re here to provide you with a rewarding orthodontic experience from start to finish, so take the first step and schedule your FREE consultation today.