There are many reasons why we may not feel like smiling when we feel less than upbeat. You burned the toast, you spilled coffee on your white dress shirt, the traffic seems to start at your front door, all of the flowers you just planted have been eaten by snails… The list is endless. No matter how down in the dumps you feel, smiling has been proven to make powerful and beneficial internal and external changes to you as well as affecting others around you in a positive way. Smiling can turn around a bad day for just about everyone. And we mean real smiles that crinkle your eyes and show your teeth.
However, some people may be reluctant to smile because they are self-conscious of their teeth. They may be stained or yellowed, cracked, even missing. But having a great smile makes you want to share it with others. Dentistry of Johns Creek is the right place to get your smile white, clean, complete and healthy. Dr. Shackelford shares reasons why you should show your teeth on a daily basis. Even when you don’t feel like smiling, cracking just one smile leads to another, and another, and suddenly things just seem better. That’s the power behind a Dentistry of Johns Creek smile.
The Rewards of Smiling
Smiling Can Improve Your Mood. Studies have found that our facial expressions do more than communicate our current mood. They can actually influence the direction our mood takes, aligning more strongly with the emotion his or her face is communicating. A smile has the ability to enhance positive emotions, and even help suppress negative ones.
Even Originally Hesitant Smiles Can Transform Into Genuine Ones. Even if a smile is not natural at the outset, it only takes the action of smiling for a short time to experience its benefits.
Smiling Helps Reduce Stress. Smiling has been proven to reduce stress, release endorphins and raise dopamine levels. As stress-induced hormones have the potential to negatively affect our physical and mental health, the ability to employ a natural means of counteracting these hormones with just a raising of the corners of the mouth is priceless.
Smiling Makes You More Approachable, Productive and Creative. Research has shown that interacting with smiling individuals makes people appear more likable and friendly and makes people happier with their overall experience. In a work environment, smiling has been found to make you appear more competent, as well as boosting productivity. Positive people also take a more comprehensive approach to problem-solving.
A Smile Makes You Seem More Trustworthy. For some reason, a smiling person appears more to evoke more trust than one who is either scowling, poker faced, or frowning.
Smiling Actually Retrains Your Brain for More Positive Thinking. When smiling is a part of your everyday experience, it helps create happiness loops around negative defense mechanisms in our brains, actually fostering more positive-thinking patterns.
Smiles are the Only Contagious Thing You Want to Catch. When you smile at someone, people you don’t even know will most often return your smile. Their smile, in turn, makes you feel even better.
Smiles May Strengthen the Body on a Cellular Level. Smiling reduces the rigidness of cells, helping combat the risk of stress-induced cell mutations that can lead to illness and disease.
Be Proud to Show Off Your Smile
Smiling is in the same league as hugs, babies, kittens, and puppies – they are all free all-around mood boosters. So flash your smile with confidence every chance you get, and you’ll reap benefits on many levels. However, if you are self-conscious of your smile and reserve it only for those occasions where it is required, scheduling regular dental cleanings and preventative dental care exams at our Dentistry of Johns Creek office, providing the best quality and comforting dental experience to families in the Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Duluth and Cumming, GA area, is an important part of developing smile confidence.
Dr. Shackelford provides extensive dental care services to promote a healthy, clean and vibrant smile everyone at every age can be proud of. If the color of your teeth is holding you back from your smile potential, we offer Zoom!Whitening white speed’s advanced LED light technology, which emits at the optimal light spectrum with 100% greater light intensity than the closest competitive lamp for whiter, brighter teeth. And we have new bulbs for even more whitening power! When indicated, Dentistry of Johns Creek also offers a range of other cosmetic dentistry options, such as veneers, bonding, and crowns to rectify more complex structural and color related issues. Now go out and take advantage of your potential to create happiness with that smile.
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