How Smiling Can Affect Your Mood
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile!” But what makes a smile such an important part of your appearance, or even your life? Research has shown that smiling has both chemical and social benefits that result in improved mood, health, and social interactions. Our Syracuse orthodontists are dedicated to helping you develop a smile of which you can be proud!
When you smile, certain neurotransmitters are released by your brain. Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are among the most prevalent, released even by a fake smile. These neurotransmitters are known to reduce stress and relax your body. They also lower your heart rate and reduce blood pressure.
Additionally, endorphins are natural painkillers. As a result, simply smiling can reduce pain, without having to rely on medications. This research brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “Smile through the pain.”
In addition to the many benefits smiling has within your body, smiling also influences those around you. Multitudes of studies have shown that smiling causes people to be viewed as more attractive or competent. Additionally, certain research supports the claim that “smiling is contagious,” meaning that when you smile at someone, it takes conscious effort for them not to smile back. By smiling at others, not only do you improve your own mood and their perception of you, you also increase the likelihood of them smiling. As a result, they have more positive and happy thoughts produced in their brain while looking at you!
Even after learning the many benefits of smiling, people may be hesitant to show off their own smiles. Crooked, yellow, or missing teeth can shatter self-confidence and leave you too embarrassed to smile for pictures, social engagements, or even just yourself. CFSS understands the importance of a healthy and beautiful smile for both your oral, mental, and social health. Our Syracuse orthodontists offer braces, Invisalign, In-Ovation, and many other orthodontic treatment options. Together, we can develop a smile you want to show off.
Visit Your Syracuse Orthodontist
The smile of your dreams is within reach with a team of our expert orthodontists. If you are in search of braces or Invisalign in the Syracuse area, look no further. Contact our friendly staff or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to working with you!