Try on a Smile
You look across the room and notice someone, or pass someone on the street. Your glances cross. You smile. Or they smile. Or even better you both smile. Suddenly you feel different. At our dental offices in Birmingham, Warrior, Gardendale and Sumiton, we know that smiles are in truth a both a means of connection and communicating with others. As well, no matter what you look like, a smile can make you more attractive, more confident looking, and even provide positive benefits to your health.
Response to Smiling
Research has found that people respond more positively to smiling faces, regardless of physical attractiveness. Try a personal experiment – pick a stranger you come across in your daily activities, and crack a big smile while making eye contact. See how they respond! When you smile, your face relaxes, frown lines disappear, your cheeks plump up and eye crinkles appear. You may be perceived as more open, less intimidating, and even perhaps more reliable!
In essence, a great deal of our communication is expressed by non-verbal means through body language and facial expressions. Standing straight, making eye contact, and smiling contribute to the appearance of confidence and health. It’s been determined that smiling even can activate the part of your brain that processes sensory rewards. Every time you give or receive a smile, you subconsciously feel as if you have been rewarded. And that leads to more automatic smiling.
Smiling and Health
Try on a smile – it will help you to feel better in no time, and best of all it’s natural. Research shows that the simple act of smiling can help release endorphins, better known as “feel-good” hormones. Serotonin, a chemical that’s a natural stress-reducer, is also increased when you smile. The more you smile, the more these sensory rewards reduce uptight feelings and boost your mood. And who would you rather be – a relaxed, healthy person that people respond to with a returned smile? Or someone who looks uptight, angry, and down that people avoid making eye contact with?
So even if you don’t have a perfect nose, even if you feel you could lose a few pounds, you have no makeup on, are losing hair, have less than perfect skin, or even if you aren’t as young as you used to be, putting a smile on your face adds instant attraction. If you are holding back from smiling because you are self-conscious about the appearance or color of your teeth, Alabama Family Dentistry can help with a smile-enhancing solution for everyone. Discover all the cosmetic dentistry options available at any of our 4 dental office locations in Central Alabama, ranging from ZoomWhitening! to porcelain veneers to crowns! It’s time to start smiling and start feeling better. Schedule an appointment today.