The power of a smile

At Newwave Orthodontics, we are passionate about creating beautiful smiles that will give our patients even more to smile about.

We transform smiles to be straighter and more aligned – we are orthodontists after all – it’s what we do! From braces to aligners, we have the methods to create a better and more beautiful smile. But the question may be “why?”

Why is Newwave Orthodontics so passionate about smiles anyway? We’ve spoken about the benefits of straight teeth many times before, but now it’s time to talk about the benefits of smiling and why you may want to consider transforming yours.

Smiling and social health

Smiling makes one appear friendlier and more approachable and this is not a simple opinion. One study has shown that the more a person smiled in a photo, the more viewers of that photo expected an interaction with that person to go well … and these kinds of expectations result in people treating others with more warmth.

Since people are drawn to those who seem happy, it is no surprise that people who smile more enjoy quality social relationships and friendships.

Not only does smiling make you appear friendlier, but it also makes you appear more attractive. Research has proven that we find others more attractive when they are wearing a smile. Think of it this way: picture someone you know during moments of anger or sadness. Now picture them with a smile. Which image seems more attractive to you? If you took the time to complete this exercise, we can almost guarantee that the idea of the person smiling was the most attractive.

Smiling is contagious! If you have ever experienced a bad day and had a stranger smile at you, you will understand how this simple gesture can have the power to transform your mood. Not only this but if you are in a room surrounded by laughing or smiling people, chances are, you will likely be laughing or smiling too!

Smiling and physical health

Research has shown that smiling releases serotonin – a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It’s like a circle of happiness. Smile and you feel happy, you feel happy and you smile! Even when you’re not feeling great, try smiling, genuinely, and see how you feel!

Some studies also suggest that smiling may help to reduce symptoms associated with stress. Reducing stress may lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and regulate blood sugar.

They say laughter is the best medicine, and laughter (which begins with smiling) is also said to help boost your body’s immune system. There’s a reason why laughter therapy exists!

And the bottom line? When you are smiling, you look better and feel better. It’s as simple as that! Even if you’re feeling blue, crack a smile and reap the numerous benefits of smiling.

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