Good things happen when you smile.
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Feeling good about your smile is a great incentive for smiling more often. Smiling is a simple facial expression that brightens your face at least a few times a day. You may even smile without thinking about it when you have a happy thought or pass a heart-warming scene.
Crooked or badly spaced teeth may make you feel self-conscious. Instead of hiding your smile behind tightly closed lips or a shielding hand, consider orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist offers braces and Invisalign, both great options that can straighten your teeth beautifully and give you a smile that you are proud to share.
The Power of a Smile
When you smile, your brain lights up with activity. Your body is flooded with a number of hormones and chemicals, including:
- Neuropeptides, which allow neurons to communicate more effectively
- Endorphins, which are natural pain relievers
- Serotonin and dopamine, which are feel-good chemicals that combat bad moods
Within moments of smiling, your heart rate and blood pressure can slow, and your whole body will feel more relaxed.
People also see you differently when you smile, but attractiveness is just one part of the picture. One study found that looking at smiling faces activates the reward center in your brain. Smiling people are perceived as more reliable, sincere and approachable.
The Benefits of a Healthy Smile
Fixing your smile can give you even more reasons to smile. Braces are often used to manage complex bite and alignment problems. Invisalign can be used for most minor to moderate issues, and they use clear aligners for more discreet treatment. Along with all the benefits of smiling, orthodontic treatment can allow you to enjoy other benefits as well, including:
- Less stress on the TMJ
- Evenly distributed bite forces
- Less risk of decay
- Easier to clean teeth
- Less risk of gum disease
Contact us today to learn more about your orthodontic treatment options or to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics.