Having a smile you are proud of can lead to positively impact your life in many ways.
Here are just a few of the many ways a great smile can improve your life.
Decreased risk of disease
A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserve your memory in your golden years. The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true — and backed by growing scientific evidence.
When you’re not worried about flaws in your smile, you’ll find it easier to embrace other parts of your natural beauty, both inwardly and outwardly. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and you may find that you have higher self-esteem when your smile is an external expression of your inner beauty. You’ll likely feel more open and engage in social interactions, allowing yourself and others to see what makes you, you.
Look Happy, Look Younger
During a recent study published in the journal Psychology and Aging, researchers asked participants to guess the age of adult strangers in photographs. The results? The judges consistently underestimated the age of the photographed people who were wearing happy expressions; however, they were more likely to guess age correctly if the person wore a neutral expression.
A Career Builder survey found that more than 38% of hiring managers listed lack of a smile as one of the most offsetting qualities during an interview. Another study found that people who smile are 45% more likely to get a job. In other words, when looking for your next job, you’re much more likely to get a second interview, or perhaps even hired, if you smile openly. With your newfound confidence and self-esteem, you may even find yourself performing better in your career, going after that promotion, or offering to take on a difficult task at work.