The Effects of Smiles

No matter what language barriers stand between us, a smile is a universal symbol of joy and reliability when it comes to non-verbal communication.

You could almost state that getting a big, genuine smile from someone is more beneficial than receiving money, according to a study carried out in 2005. “The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a ‘halo’ effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated,” psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who examined these findings, reported.

Additionally, smiling has the power to decrease stress via releasing endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. An honest smile also shows confidence, friendliness, and sincerity. It’s likely that because of this, companies are more most likely to work with those who show bright, honest smiles throughout the interview procedure than candidates whose smiles don’t feel sincere.

But how can you tell if a smile is sincere or not? The majority will be able to spot this distinction when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, it generally fails to reach their eyes and there typically is noticeable tension in the mouth muscles. A Duchenne smile is the term used for a sincere type of smile. This smile is when the corners of our mouth lift, pressing our cheeks upwards and causing crow’s feet to form at the corners of our eyes.

It’s pretty interesting, isn’t it? Something as simple as a smile can create a positive impact on our everyday lives. Nevertheless, for some people, smiling may be hard to do. Those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or related problems, may avoid showing their natural smiles. For this reason, these individuals run the risk of being mislabeled as unapproachable, mean, and incompetent even when that simply isn’t the case.

Dr. Hodges and his team at Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists want all of their patients to feel comfortable and confident with their smiles. If you haven’t visited them lately, we encourage our patients to schedule an appointment with us today.