A smile is one of the few things that do not change with age, making it something that people put a lot of thought and money into. It is generally one of the first things someone sees when we meet them, and often has a lasting impression. So, why exactly are smiles so important?
Smiles are one physical attribute that can withstand the test time, and according to a recent study by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), more than half of people agree that a smile is the most attractive feature no matter what their age. Additionally, about 50% of people interviewed believed that a smile is the most memorable feature about an individual, particularly after their first meeting. The fact is people that smile more are more likely to be thought of as attractive and memorable.
Besides the physical appeal, research shows that there are multiple health benefits that come from smiling and laughing. When you smile or laugh, multiple physiological changes occur in the body even if you don’t feel them happening. The main change is that neurotransmitters called endorphins are released, triggered by the muscle movements in your face.
Endorphins are responsible for actually making us feel more positive and less stressed. Additionally, when endorphins are released, cortisone is reduced. Cortisone is a hormone that is released when we feel stressed or anxious, so lowering it can make us feel less negative. They also act as natural painkillers, warding off at least some amount of chronic pain one might be experiencing.
Smiling is important physically and mentally; making it understandable that people put so much into having a good smile. It increases confidence, hardly changes over time, and makes a lasting impression on people. Maybe it’s time to put a little more thought into our smiles!
About Dr. Gleave
Dr. Gleave serves Millcreek, South Salt Lake, Murray and Holladay. He is an experienced cosmetic dentist who understands the true value of a natural, beautiful smile. Come consult with him about treatment options, like veneers, implants, and more.