Everyone knows that a smile conveys happiness and warmth, but research shows that this simple gesture also tells people that you’re intelligent, confident and worth getting to know. Depending on the social context, the meaning of a smile – whether genuine or forced – can also change.
Smiles convey many different emotions, from elation and ecstasy to fear. Some studies indicate that people who smile a lot are viewed as more trustworthy and honest, and smiling can send the message that you are more accepting of others and comfortable in your own skin.
Here are three other interesting things that a smile can say about you.
According to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, teenagers who smile more frequently are more likely to earn larger salaries compared to those who do not. The 2012 study showed that smiling adolescents raked in 10 percent more money as adults (average age 29) compared to their non-smiling counterparts, who earned 30 percent less. The researchers determined that smiling is associated with overall happiness and reduced stress, which allows people to focus more positive energy on work-related tasks.
A 2009 study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology tracked conception rates in women who had gum disease, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. The researchers found that women with periodontal disease took two months longer to get pregnant compared to those with healthy gums and teeth. Researchers believe gum disease, which causes persistent inflammation, is the underlying link.
Other studies suggest that an easy grin may indicate your chances for wedded bliss. Psychologists poured over old yearbook photos, looking for “smile intensity.” They found that a quarter of non-smilers got divorced while the biggest smilers enjoyed lasting marriages. A separate study which looked at childhood pictures of people age 65 and older found children with the biggest grins experienced lower rates of divorce. Researchers speculate that smiling may attract a cheerier mate and may contribute to having a happier long-term relationship.
Smiling comes naturally to those with healthy, beautiful teeth. However, many adults are reluctant to smile because of issues ranging from a chipped or missing tooth to discoloration. If you find yourself in this position, it’s time to set up an appointment with a Suffolk County cosmetic dentist to discuss your concerns.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry want their patients to smile with confidence each and every day. Improve your self-esteem with the skill and expertise of our knowledgeable team, who boast extensive training in all facets of general and cosmetic dentistry.
Damaged or poorly shaped teeth may benefit from porcelain veneers, while CEREC crowns can protect a weak or discolored tooth. Our practice offers a wide range of tools and techniques to improve the look and functionality of your smile. And if you’ve been putting off your visit because of dental anxiety, rest assured that we offer sedation dentistry here in our Rocky Point office.
To schedule a free and private consultation for your smile makeover, please call (631) 850-3145.
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