No matter what language we speak, smiles are a universal sign of joy and reliability when it comes to non-verbal communication.

Receiving an authentic, heartfelt smile might be better than getting cash, according to a study carried out in 2005. Psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who analyzed these findings, reported: “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.”

Furthermore, a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and endorphins is released during the act of smiling, giving smiles the ability to decrease stress. Smiles likewise shows sincerity, friendliness, and self-confidence. As a matter of fact, employers are more likely to work with those who have real, honest smiles throughout the interview procedure than candidates who wear forced smiles.

But how do you know if a smile is truthful? The majority of people will notice this distinction when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, it usually does not reach the person’s eyes and there typically is a lot of tension around the mouth. A Duchenne smile is a term used for sincere types of smiles. This is when the corners of our mouth lift, pushing our cheeks upwards and causing crow’s feet to form at the corners of our eyes.

This is fairly fascinating; something so simple like a smile can be responsible for a meaningful impact on a person’s day. For some, however, smiling is easier said than done. Some people may be hesitant when it comes to their natural smiles, such as those who struggle with dental complications, like missing teeth, tooth decay, or related issues. As a result, they are at risk of being mislabeled as unapproachable, incompetent, and mean even when they’re not.

Our team at Milford Dental Excellence wants all of our patients to have their best, brightest smiles. Schedule an appointment with us today!