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  • Hollie Young

What is in a smile?

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including: Reduced blood pressure and Increased endurance. Thats right smiling makes you healthier!

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Top 10 reasons to smile,

  1. Smiling helps you live longer (no joke- it really does!)

  2. Smiling relieves stress

  3. Smiling elevates your mood

  4. Smiling is contagious

  5. Smiling boosts the immune system

  6. Smiling may lower the blood pressure

  7. Smiling reduces pain

  8. Smiling suggests success

  9. Smiling helps you stay positive.

  10. Smiling makes you more attractive.

Other benefits to smiling include...

  • Smiling is a universal language

  • A smile makes you more attractive

  • A smile is a natural anti-depressant

  • Smiling can make you look more intelligent

  • Smiling is free

  • It’s quick and easy to do

  • Smiling can improve relationships

  • It’s environmentally friendly 😉

  • Smiling can lead to promotion

  • Your smile can be a gift

Did you know that there is more than one kind of smile?

Types include: Duchenne smile, fear smile, miserable smile, embarrassed smile, contempt smile, angry smile, fake smile, flirtatious smile, winning, sly, toothy & crocodile.

Is it easier to smile than frown?

We have all heard the urban myth that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile (A commonly stated version states “It takes 43 muscles to frown, and only 17 muscles to smile.”_ - but is it true?

There are forty-three muscles in the human face and they are very closely related so its actually really hard to identify exactly which muscles fire at any one time. According to a popular urban myth, it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown; but the reality is, as always, not so simple.

What type of frown or smile do they mean? A true smile — that comes from the eyes probably takes quite a few more muscles than a frown, while a slight, we-are-not-amused, corners-of-the-mouth upturn takes the tug of only one or two pairs of muscles. SImilarly a frown can vary from an all out scowl or just a vague raised eyebrow.

Do you smile when you are happy, or does smiling make you happy

Well its a bit of both. Psychological studies have often found that those who smile will begin to feel happier, even if there are no other changes to their situation or environment. In fact research tells us that knocking out our ability to frown using botox actually leads to an increase in our mood, this is because our feedback mechanisms to our brain make us feel happier if we cant frown- so its not just about looking younger- it makes you happier!

Those who smile also seem more approachable and contribute to the happiness of those around them. Thus, a bright, gleaming smile is something that improves the lives of both its owner and those they care about.

Though smiling may not necessarily take fewer muscles than frowning, smiling still takes less of a toll on your body and your mental health.

So go ahead make your life happier and start a contagious smile, you will be amazed how many you get back.

The old Joe Goodwin lyric, “When you’re smiling/The whole world smiles with you” is probably right on the money. Research suggests that people tend to greet smiles with smiles of their own, whereas frowns only draw return frowns about half the time.

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If your teeth colour, size, shape or position detract from you smile- we can help! Claire has more than 20 years experience in private dentistry and has worked for over 10 years as a Specialty Doctor in Restorative Dentistry and for Dental Corporates receiving referrals for complex restorative treatments as well as doing more postgraduate dental courses than you can shake a stick at. She is incredibly well placed to improve your smile.

See a recent case study here

Visit our site to see more about the types of treatments we offer or email / phone 01748 850607 to book a consultation.

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