When we smile, we let other people know we are friendly, happy and approachable. Unfortunately, numerous people hide their smiles because they are self-conscious about the appearance of their discolored, misaligned or gapped teeth. Too often, this habit has a negative effect on people’s professional and social lives. What’s more, new research appears to indicate that it could have a negative impact on the way we feel.
A study from the University of Kansas appears to indicate that we may be able to ease our stress by forcing a smile. Appearing in the journal Psychological Science, the research involved more than 150 participants who performed exercises which involved the same muscles we use when we smile. At the same time, the participants performed stressful tasks that naturally increased their heart rates. Ultimately, the “smiling” subjects had lower heart rates than did participants who performed the exercises with closed mouths. Researchers believe this may suggest we could minimize stress by smiling even when we don’t feel like it.
Unfortunately, many people restrain or hide their smiles, because they dislike their teeth. When people refuse to smile, they often seem negative, depressed or unfriendly. This can make it difficult for them to advance professionally and/or establish social relationships. It can also make people feel more introverted and less confident. In the end, they may end up losing out on special opportunities; and just because their smiles leave them feeling shy and ashamed.
Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentists are now able to offer patients an easy, simple way to attain the smile of their dreams. Cosmetic dental veneers can be used to create an ideal smile that can replace discolored, misaligned and gapped teeth.
Don’t let an embarrassing smile keep you from meeting your full potential; call Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to find out how porcelain veneers can give you a smile you can be proud of.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788