How Smiling Can Affect Your Mood

“Turn that frown upside down! It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Peace begins with a smile. Life is short—smile while you still have teeth!” There’s a reason why there are so many sayings and idioms that involve smiling—not only is a smile a powerful ice breaker, it’s something that has been proven to improve your mood! At Arizona Smile Designers, our team of doctors swears by this phenomenon. We encourage our patients to smile on a day-to-day basis and after we work together to achieve their best smile, it’s hard not to!

Trick Your Brain Into Thinking It’s Happy!

Studies have shown that smiling actually reduces stress and prompts the release of the happy hormones in your brain – dopamine and serotonin. This, in turn, helps fight off depression and, as a consequence, actually boosts your immune system and keeps you from getting ill more often. Even if you are forcing yourself to smile, it will trigger mechanisms in your body’s system that will lower your heart rate and cause you to experience feelings of calmness. Go ahead! Try it! Feel the difference?

The Secret To Health And Happiness

Some may question this logic. Typically, a common response to these facts is: “Wait, shouldn’t happiness cause smiling? Not the other way around?” Actually, it goes both ways! Smiling, grinning, and laughing are all responses to joy, humor, and positive events that make us feel good. However, smiling without being prompted by an act or an event can cause you to feel those same feelings as well. It has even been linked to lowering your blood pressure and living a longer life! Need more cause to smile? We didn’t think so!

Contact Your Sedona And Cottonwood Dentist For A Healthier Smile!

Now you have more reasons to smile! If you feel shy or embarrassed about your smile and there’s something that’s keeping you from showing us your pearly whites, we completely understand. Whether you’re in need of a simple teeth whitening, would like to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, or require a dental treatment to improve your smile—not a problem! Our dentists are experts in various oral procedures that will ultimately help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 928.634.8610. Here’s to sharing your smile with the whole world!