In our day to day lives, we show our joy and pleasure by smiling. Not only does smiling show other people how you feel, but it also offers many physical and social benefits. If embarrassment from damaged or stained teeth has you feeling too ashamed to flash your pearly whites, you are missing out. Cosmetic dentistry can help you fix even small aesthetic tooth problems with porcelain veneers and dental crowns in order to help you reclaim these benefits.

Happiness and Health from Endorphins

Every time you smile, your body releases endorphins. These hormones benefit your health in many ways. For one, they improve your mood and make you feel happy. Endorphins will also decrease your stress and anxiety levels. Lower stress and anxiety can protect you from conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and heart disease.

Confidence for Success

The endorphins can also increase your productivity, leading to greater success. When you feel good, your confidence and focus improves. Other people will also perceive you as being more confident, self-assured, and competent at your job. People who smile more have better chances of getting good tips, being approached with business ideas, and receiving career advancements.

Pain Reduction

If you experience pain from chronic conditions or physical injury, smiling can help reduce your discomfort. Endorphins affect how your brain receives and responds to pain. Sick people will also benefit; studies have found that positive facial expressions increase your white blood cell count.

Build Attraction

For anyone looking for a special someone in their life, flashing those pearly whites can help. Studies have found that smiling increases attraction. One reason is that it makes you appear happier and more confident, and the unconscious mind picks up on these positive indicators of success. You will also seem more approachable to anyone interested in speaking to you.

Encourage Trust

In addition to looking approachable, smiling can make you seem trustworthy. People can tell when you genuinely show emotion, and will instinctively trust you. They will also feel that you are a better leader than people who maintain a strong poker face.

Positively Contagious

Even if you don’t feel like you need to smile more to be truly happy, you could improve someone else’s happiness. Grinning is contagious. When someone smiles at us, we can’t help but return the expression.

Fixing Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can help you turn smiling into a regular habit. If your teeth are too stained for professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers might be right for you. These thin but durable pieces of porcelain attach to the surface of your tooth to fix aesthetic problems. We carefully color-match each veneer with your natural tooth color so that it blends in with your whole smile. If you feel dissatisfied with small gaps between your front teeth, veneers might offer a braces-free method for fixing it. Invisalign can also close minor gaps, but might not be necessary for the smallest ones. Veneers repair unsightly chips and cracks in your front teeth as well. Porcelain dental crowns can effectively repair damage in your back teeth. In addition to improving your looks, veneers and crowns will protect your damaged tooth from further damage. Fixing these aesthetic problems will give you back your confidence. To learn more about repairing your teeth with cosmetic dentistry, please call (509) 581-4188 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane.