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Ten Reasons to Keep Smiling

Ann Arbor Dentist

Ann Arbor MI DentistYour smile is the ultimate expression of you and is often a visual representation of your emotions.

We may be experienced cosmetic dentists, but there’s more to smiling than beautiful healthy teeth. Keep reading to learn about a few benefits to smiling you may not know!

Contact our office today with any additional questions or concerns you may have about your oral health.

1. Smiling Tricks Your Brain

Go ahead and smile right now. Now, try to think of something without losing the smile. It’s not easy, is it? 

When we smile, our brains focus on positivity. Rather than letting your brain circle around negative thoughts that pull you down, wield the occasional smile to trick your brain into focusing on positivity. 

The old adage of “Fake it Till You Make It” comes to life here, in that you may be faking a smile for a while, but over time a fake smile may become an organic, genuinely positive smile.

2. Smiling Can You More Attractive

Generally, things like frowns, smirks, and grimaces push people away

Are you usually drawn to someone with rage in their face? Probably not. 

But a smile? A dynamic smile where someone laughs and seems friendly and personable—that’s something people are drawn too. 

Smiles lets outsiders know they’re welcome and that you want them to also enjoy good company. This doesn’t mean you have to walk around smiling nonstop--that would be weird--but don’t be afraid to greet others with a smile. It may go a long way. 

3. Smiling Can Boost Your Mood

Although it may sound silly, try smiling when you’re feeling down. 

The idea may make you laugh at how absurd it is, but there’s a light of truth to it. Smiling is a way to boost your mood when you’re feeling down because it sends a message between your body and brain that you’ve got this! 

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance your mood will change for the better. 

4. Smiling is Like Yawning—It’s Contagious! 

We all know that person that brings joy wherever they go. It’s like they’ve never had a rainy day! When you see that person, are you usually sad or happy? 

Generally, happiness spreads more happiness. Why not be the person that brightens others’ days? You could fill a room with joy and improve others’ quality of life just by showing off your smile! 

You never know when someone needs you to be the friend that’s there for them. Being a light in a room is a way to let them know that you’ve got their back, through the sunshine and the rain. 

5. Smiling Can Relieve Stress

Stress wears us out, drains our faces, and can ruin our moods. Negative stress is a monster, and a way to fight back against stress is by turning a frown upside down. 

Rather than let stress break you more, try to put on a smile as a way to say no more, stress. A smile shows stress that you’re the boss of it, not it of you. 

You may find yourself being less stressed as a result. This connects back to those mind tricks, in that your brain may look at something that stresses you out in a new light and say you got this!

6. Smiling Can Boost Your Immune System

Did you know that? 

Smiling helps your immune system function better. The reason for this is because your immune system is also affected by things like stress and mental health, so when you smile it’s a way to prop up your immune system and help it fight. 

Smiling helps put you at ease. When your body constantly feels like it’s running around, not resting, it’s more prone to colds and illness but smiling can help change this. 

It may sound crazy, but practice smiling a few times a day and see how your immune system responds this year. Another thing to keep in mind is the health benefits of brushing your teeth and how they’re about more than just your smile! 

7. Smiling Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

Did you know that smiling can reduce your blood pressure? This is another phenomenon that’s backed up by scientific tests. 

The great thing about this is that even a fake smile can reduce your blood pressure. As a cosmetic dentist, we want you to feel confident in showing off your smile whether you meant to or not. We want you to show off your smile when you’re happy and when you’re feeling low and the thing is, your heart wants you to too. 

8. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling helps neurotransmitters in our brain that are known as “feel-good chemicals” such as dopamine and serotonin

These chemicals can be insanely powerful, and useful for boosting our mood and health. This is another smiling technique that’s backed up by science, so we encourage you to try it out. 

Of course, don’t belittle a mental illness by just telling someone to smile more. That’s not our goal here. All mental illnesses should be taken seriously and victims of them should seek professional help and receive the proper tools to fight them.

9. Smiling Helps You Appear Young 

The muscles in your face are a lot like the muscles everywhere else on your body. Without use, they grow wrinkly and start to lose mass. 

People who smile often give their face a workout, and you can see the benefits in that as they age. 

Time Magazine did a feature on how smiling faces reduce wrinkles. We want to encourage you to not be afraid to smile. Show off your happiness and your face may stay looking young for years to come. 

If you’re missing teeth and nervous about smiling, learn how you could still look younger with dental implants

10. Smiling For Success

Smiles are something that people are drawn too, but did you know that smiling is also something that can make you drawn to more opportunities? 

Smiling is a way to show you’re ready for success, and people may take note of that. Studies show that employers are drawn to people who look ready for success, so a way to prove to yourself and others that that person is you is to let your teeth shine. 

Interested in Smiling More?

We get it, some people hate smiling. Often this is because they’re afraid of how others will perceive their smile. As dentists, we think that’s a silly reason not to smile. If you are not happy with your smile, we have a few options you may be interested in. To learn more about our Ann Arbor dentists and the services we offer, feel free to contact us online or call us at (734) 201-1610. Our dental professionals strive to be the very best at providing patients with optimal care while making them feel right at home here in Ann Arbor, MI.