TOGETHER, WERE WORKING HARD ON THOSE PEARLY WHITES OF YOURS… Regardless of whether youre 12 years old or 52 years old! As you know, here at our practice, we obsess over our patients smiles. We know that a confident smile through ortho treatment can be life changing. But what does your smile have to do with aging?
1. People Who Smile More Are Perceived As Younger
Last year, in an American Psychological Association study, researchers showedthousands of photos of people wearing different expressions to test subjects,who were then asked to guess the ages of the people in the photos.The guesses on neutral expressions were quite accurate, but smiling faces were generally assumed to be years younger than their actual age.
2. Sharing Your Smile (and a laugh) Makes You FEEL YoungerRegardless Of Your Age
We know that sometimes its a little hard to smile while youre wearing braces. Remember, theyll come off soon and youre going to look awesome. Remember too, regardless of your age, its really not about the number of miles on your smile. Its about how comfortable you are sharing it!
3. Smiling May Even Help You Live Longer
Living longernow THERES a serious smiling benefit. Could this really be true? A 2010 Wayne State University study examined the relationship between smile intensity and longevity among 230 pro baseball players from a 52 baseball registry. They found that players with big smiles lived an average of five years longer that those who didnt (or barely) smiled. Even players with small smiles lived longer than those who didnt smile.
Facial expression and smiles have long been shown to be a good indicator of peoples emotionsand those with positive emotions are even shown to have better interpersonal skills and more stable marriages.Smiling can have a great impact on your healthit can boost your immune system and reduces stress.
So Here Are Some Tips For Helping Your Smile Keep You Young
- Care for your teeth, relentlessly, by doing the basicsbrushing, flossing, regular checkups with your regular dentist, etc. You already know HOW IMPORTANT this is during your orthodontic treatment.
- Ask us any time you have questions about your oral health.
- Smile big, and smile ofteneven while you have braces!
When you take good care of your teeth, chances are theyll last a lifetime. And a great smile will make that lifetime longer, healthier, and happier.
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