Drs. Jayne and Kois believe a smile goes a long way. Your smile reveals a lot about you, and a growing amount of research says smiling itself has many benefits. Here, we take a look at some benefits, including some that may surprise you.
Boosts Your Mood
Several studies have found that wearing a big smile produces a change in brain activity that elevates mood. This means that smiling, even when you are not feeling happy, may actually make you happier.
A study published in Psychological Science found smiling can reduce stress. Researchers had individuals complete two different stressful tasks while holding chopsticks in their mouths in certain arrangements (some had neutral expressions and others had different degrees of smiling). The students with the biggest smiles showed a reduction in heart rate and a quicker stress recovery than those with neutral expressions.
Improves Your Heart Health
Because smiling reduces stress and boosts mood, it may also lead to a healthier heart. Stress is a well-known risk factor for certain heart conditions, and several studies have found that happy people are less likely to develop heart disease than those who are less happy.
Makes You More Attractive
A study by Orbit Complete found that smiling is more attractive than wearing makeup. The study found that 70 percent of people surveyed rated women who smiled and wore no makeup as more attractive than women who did not smile but did wear makeup. Additionally, eight out of 10 respondents ranked smiling women as approachable.
How to Brighten Your Smile
If chipped, cracked or discolored teeth are keeping you from smiling, Jayne & Kois Dentistry would like to help. We offer several cosmetic dentistry treatments to treat dental imperfections and flaws, including:
- Teeth whitening to lighten teeth instantly
- Teeth reshaping to improve the appearance of misshapen teeth
- Ceramic crowns to hide chips and cracks
- Porcelain veneers to create a more uniform smile
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Dental bonding to close gaps and space in between teeth
- Gum contouring to improve the appearance of Ã¢â‚¬Å“gummyÃ¢â‚¬Â smiles
Please schedule a personal appointment with us today by calling (206) 623-4400.