When I ask to see you smile, I have pure motives. I’m a dentist and smiling is my business. I’m looking out for your best interests. The truth is, when you smile, you’re unknowingly doing MANY things that benefit you! What are these benefits?

When You’re Smiling

If smiling didn’t have such a powerful impact, then there would not be paintings like the Mona Lisa, nor would there be songs like “Sara Smile,” by Hall & Oates. The truth is, smiles impact us every day. Here are just a few examples of how:

  • Smiling Boosts Your Mood. It has been observed that smiling — even FAKE smiling — can improve your mood. Smiling releases endorphins, the “feel good” hormone, so with very little effort, we can feel more positive, perhaps even happy. Just start to pull those cheeks up to the sky …
  • Smiling Can Lower Your Heart Rate. In a 2015 study, it was determined that those who smiled had lower heart rates during stressful situations — regardless of how happy they genuinely were. When stress is on the horizon, just smile your way through.
  • Smiling Makes You Approachable. We’re instinctively drawn to smiles, which is why those who smile are more likely to attract others and sustain long-term friendships.
  • Smiling Can Make You Successful. When you appear to be more approachable, others are more willing to solicit your opinion or invite you to collaborate. Ultimately, the relationships you build as a result of your interactions can help you find greater success at work.
  • Smiling Can Retrain Your Brain. We all have “tapes” that play in our brains, and most are instinctively wired to play negative loops: “Look out for that lion!” or “Find water!” for example. Smiling can tape over that negative loop, training your brain to be naturally positive.

If something about your teeth is preventing you from sharing your smile, let me help! I offer a number of treatments that can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. If you’re ready to take care of yourself, contact my office today to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.


Dr. Sehnert