No matter what language we speak, a smile is a universal sign of joy and dependability in regards to non-verbal interaction.

You might nearly say that receiving a genuine, wholehearted smile from someone is even better than receiving cash, a study performed in 2005 claims. “The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a ‘halo’ effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated,” psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who evaluated these findings, reported.

Additionally, the act of smiling has the power to lower stress through releasing endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Smiling also conveys confidence, friendliness, and sincerity. This is the reason why companies are most likely to work with those who present bright, sincere smiles throughout the interview process than potential employees whose smiles don’t convey sincerity.

How can you tell if a smile is sincere? The majority of people will pick up on the difference when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, there often is noticeable tension around the mouth and it usually fails to reach their eyes. A genuine smile is referred to as a Duchenne smile. This is when the mouth’s corners lift, moving our cheeks upwards and causing crow’s feet to form at the corners of our eyes.

It’s pretty fascinating; something so simple like a smile can create a lot of positive impact on each of our lives. However, for some people, smiling is easier said than done. Those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or other problems, may be somewhat reserved when it comes to showing their smiles. For this reason, these people run the risk of being mislabeled as mean, unapproachable, and incompetent when that isn’t the case.

Dr. Craddock and Dr. Godat want to ensure that all of their patients feel confident and secure in their smiles. You can visit their website to schedule your next exam with them.