It makes sense that when you’re happy, you probably have a smile on your face. But did you know that it can work the other way around, too? Sometimes happiness causes the smile, but in some cases, the smile can cause happiness!

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Smiling: More Powerful Than You Think

All the research into smiling has revealed some unbelievable effects. For example, did you know that receiving a smile from a friend or family member gives you more of a short-term emotional high than receiving money, eating chocolate, or even having sex? When you smile at someone, you’re granting them that positive brain stimulation.

Of course, people like people who provide them with positive brain stimulation. That’s why so many studies show that people find those who smile more attractive, and smiling even makes people see you as more trustworthy.

Smiling benefits you directly, too: Studies have shown that smiling helps you see the big picture in a situation, reduces your stress levels, and can even influence your emotions to make you feel happier.

If all of this sounds crazy, brace yourself, because you haven’t even gotten to the craziest one yet: Smiling might even help you live longer! One study noted which people were smiling in photographs and compared those rankings to their lifespans, and learned that those who smiled more in photos lived longer than those who didn’t.

Do Your Teeth Make You Want to Smile?

It’s clear that smiling has a host of benefits to your health, relationships, and lifestyle. But are you confident enough in your smile to show it off? For many people, aesthetic defects make smiling a less attractive prospect. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can surmount any obstacle to a perfect smile.

Have your teeth become stained by food and drink? The Opalescence Whitening System can reduce staining in one treatment here in our Columbia, South Carolina office, and we can even provide you with take-home whitening trays if you want to take your smile to the next level.

If your teeth are discolored for other reasons, or if you need to disguise too-small, misshapen, or chipped, teeth, porcelain veneers can conceal any aesthetic flaw and give your teeth a flawless face.

Struggling with crooked teeth? Metal braces are the thing of the past. You can straighten your smile quickly, effectively, and discreetly with Invisalign clear aligners. There’s no smile problem that cosmetic dentistry can’t fix. Even dentures are easy, realistic, and comfortable with modern denture technology.

Don’t miss out on the benefits that smiling can bring to your life! Make sure you have a smile you can be proud to display. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for Hollywood stars — you, too, can have the smile of your dreams. Our experienced cosmetic dentists are waiting to meet with you, discuss your concerns, and put together the perfect smile makeover for you.

Looking for a cosmetic dentist in Columbia, South Carolina? Call (803) 781-9090 or contact us online to make an appointment or learn more.