Your Smile Works Wonders

It’s official—scientists say when you smile often, you actually feel happier. In fact, smiling when you are not happy can reduce your stress and make you feel better.

Cosmetic Dentist“Smiles are very powerful,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry practice. “People respond to smiles. They smile back at you. And when the smile is bright, it adds a youthful look to your face and makes you seem approachable,” she adds.

There is even more to a smile—a truly happy smile, one that reaches your eyes, makes you more attractive to others. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of Americans believe that a smile makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.

Smiling can also help you get that job at an interview. Nancy R. Mitchell, writing for the website, says, “You have five seconds to make a first impression in most situations. In a job interview you’re given a bit more time to shine–approximately 30 seconds. Since there’s no rewind button to undo a false start, don’t blow this opportunity to cement the image you want to leave in the minds of each and every member of an interview team.”

Mitchell says that during an interview, the person who wants a job cannot underestimate the power of a smile on being chosen for the job. “A smile shows not only confidence, but a pleasant nature. It invites others to get to know you. Remember that not only is an employer filling an opening in a workforce, but is filling an opening in a business family.”

Knowing that a smile is so important to first impressions, to establishing friendships and to securing a job, you will want to maintain a healthy, youthful smile. The easiest way to make sure your smile is as good as it is going to get is to see your dentist regularly and to keep your teeth and gums in good shape by keeping them clean and polished.


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