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Smiling Your Way to Confidence

By Jill Feilmeier on May 6, 2014 in Just for Kicks

Parents with a baby smiling at computer

“Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.”

-Andre Maurois

This quote encompasses exactly what a smile can do, not only for yourself, but also for those around you. Flashing a smile can improve a stranger's day and boost self-confidence, all at once and all for free!

Smiling has this effect on human emotion because of a brain-body connection. This connection triggers scientifically measurable activity in the left frontal cortex—the area of the brain where happiness is registered. By smiling you're telling your brain that you have a reason to be happy (and chances are your smile is making someone else happy too).

If you don't have a perfect smile, don't despair. Some of us neglected our teeth as youngsters, or maybe have habits that aren’t very good to our teeth. Even though not everyone is born with a perfect grin, it is never too late to start taking better care of your smile. Brushing at least two times a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist regularly will help prevent many dental problems.

If you have slight discoloration, teeth whitening can help you have a whiter, brighter smile.

If you are missing adult teeth or have crooked or crowded teeth, implants and veneers are good options to restore your healthy, beautiful smile.

Avoiding food and drinks with high sugar will help reduce your risk for cavities in the future

There is no need to spend tons of money on confidence boosting classes, when a smile is all it takes to make you feel better!