Surely you've heard of the age old debate over which came first, the chicken or the egg. Okay, that one is pretty tough to answer, but this should be easier. Which came first, the smile or the happiness? It might sound easy, but it's a trick question. According to researchers, smiling (even if you don't mean it) can make you happier. If you hate your teeth, you probably aren't quick to smile. In fact, it can be an exercise in embarrassment, self-consciousness, and finding creative ways to cover your mouth. Porcelain veneers can change all of that, and make the smile of your dreams become a reality and the benefits could be even greater than you ever imagined.
Here are five great reasons to turn that frown upside down:
- Happiness – No, we didn't make that up. Similar studies by the University of Cardiff in Wales, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and the Technical University of Munich in Germany all found evidence that facial expressions are more than a reflection of emotions. Apparently, our brains recognize specific facial expressions and adjust our emotions accordingly.
- Stress relief – Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, which are chemicals naturally created by your brain that elevate your mood and ease physical pain. It can help take the tension out of your day, and improve your productivity.
- Health – Smiling has been shown to boost your immune system and lower blood pressure. These effects are probably due to the fact that we tend to relax when smiling.
- Appearance – Want a free facelift? It's simple – just "lift" the corners of your mouth, and your face will become more attractive and youthful. In fact, some studies have shown that people look up to three years younger when they smile.
- Spread the joy – Smiling, laughing, and a good mood in general can be contagious. Next time you are confronted with a stick-in-the-mud; don't let him or her get you down. Keep up the good cheer, and you just might see the grouch start to grin before long.
If you want a smile worth showing off, you've come to the right place. Call Big Smile Dental at and schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.