Everyone knows they’re supposed to visit the dentist regularly to keep their oral health in mint condition, but did you know that improving your smile can benefit your mental health too? People who are confident with the way they look are happier in their personal and professional lives. Find out how changing your smile can also change your perspective.
People with great smiles are more confident
When you’re unhappy with your teeth, you’re less likely to smile and this can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Smiling releases endorphins – chemicals in your brain that can boost your mood, make you feel more positive about yourself, and encourage higher morale. Since smiling is infectious, this positive attitude is passed on to others, improving interpersonal relationships at home and at work.
People with great smiles make a positive first impression
Whether you are going on a first date, attending a job interview, or meeting a prospective client, one of the first things people notice is your smile. Studies have found that after meeting someone, the facial aspect that 24% of people remember most is their teeth. People attribute all sorts of positive qualities to individuals with straight teeth, including better health, higher intelligence, and a more trustworthy disposition. Improving your teeth may even give you an advantage in job interviews – studies show that people with straighter, whiter teeth are more likely to be hired by prospective employers and receive higher salary offers.
People with great smiles are better at maintaining their oral health
When you put in time and money to cosmetically improve your smile, you’ll want to keep it in the best possible condition. Straight, evenly spaced teeth are much easier to brush and floss than crooked teeth and when teeth are properly cleaned they are less likely to develop cavities. This can avoid a whole host of other health issues associated with poor dental hygiene, including gum disease, tooth loss, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and dementia.
People with great smiles live longer
In addition to preventing all the health problems associated with poor dental hygiene, smiling can help to alleviate stress and reduce blood pressure. Researchers have found that people who smile more often live longer, happier lives.
There are many ways in which you can improve your smile at Exeter Advanced Dentistry, including:
- Teeth whitening
- Adult braces
Call for more information or to book an appointment with one of our friendly team members. We look forward to your visit.