When we smile, we tell others we are happy, friendly and more approachable. Unfortunately, many people refuse to smile because they are embarrassed about the appearance of their gapped, misaligned or discolored teeth. All too often, this behavior has a negative impact on people’s social and professional lives. A recent study also suggests it could have a negative influence on a person’s mental well-being.
The Power of a Smile
Research out of the University of Kansas seems to suggest that the simple act of smiling may have the ability to help us cope with stress. Published in the journal Psychological Science, the study looked at over 160 subjects who participated in exercises that incorporated the same muscles we use to smile. At the same time, the subjects were asked to perform stressful exercises that naturally increase heart rates. In the end, the participants demonstrated slower heart rates than did subjects who performed the stressful exercises without “smiling.” According to the researchers, this seems to indicate that we may be able to reduce stress by learning to force a smile.
Living Without Smiling
Unfortunately, numerous people hide or restrain smiles, because they hate the appearance of their teeth. When people rarely smile, they tend to give the impression that they are unfriendly, depressed or negative people. This can make it hard for them to establish social relationships. It can also make them feel less confident and more introverted. Ultimately, they go through life missing out on important opportunities; and all because their teeth leave them feeling self-conscious and ashamed.
An Easy Fix
Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry now provides a simple way for people to get the smiles they’ve been dreaming of. Porcelain dental veneers can be used to create a flawless smile that can take the place of gapped, misaligned and discolored teeth.