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Say Cheese! The Benefits of a Bright and Beautiful Smile

A Beautiful Smile Wins Hearts and Friends (Image courtesy Pixabay on public domain via Creative Commons CC0)
A Beautiful Smile Wins Hearts and Friends (Image courtesy Pixabay on public domain via Creative Commons CC0)

A healthy, bright, and beautiful smile is indeed worth a million dollars. A smile can lighten up the mood in a room. A smile can break the ice and bring strangers closer; it radiates happiness and spreads cheer. But you need to work on your smile regularly, so you can flash it often. However, there are more benefits of orthodontic care than just giving you a great smile.

What Can Your Smile Do for You?

You will be amazed to know about the benefits of flashing your pearlies often.

According to a study carried out on people aged between 18 and 50 years, the wearer of a beautiful, healthy smile is perceived as attractive by 84 percent of Americans. A whopping 85 percent who took part in this survey also told that they tend to judge a person by his smile when meeting him for the first time. A person who smiles often is usually perceived to be more open, honest, and friendly than someone who goes around with a dour look. So having a beautiful, healthy smile has some definite social advantages.

Your chance of attracting a desirable life-partner increases if you have a healthy smile. About a third of the participants in the above-mentioned study indicated that they would prefer to date someone who has healthy teeth. It seems that bad teeth are associated with poor hygiene practices that may stem from an attitude of low self-esteem. Nobody likes to be around someone who is depressed.

A healthy and beautiful smile is also more likely to brighten your career prospects, according to the findings of a study commissioned by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. A bright smile gets you perceived as smarter, successful, happier, and more trusting than someone with bad teeth. These are qualities that every employer looks for in a potential employee.

If you have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, you have ample reasons to feel confident about your worth.

The Benefits of Orthodontic Care

Unfortunately, not everybody is blessed with an attractive smile. But fortunately, there is nothing about your teeth or smile that an expert orthodontist cannot fix. There are many benefits of orthodontic care.

An orthodontist can correct dental alignment issues like misplaced teeth or crowding, abnormal bites, and misaligned jaws or teeth. Some such issues not only take away from the beauty of your smile but may also prevent you from practicing appropriate oral hygiene. For instance, you cannot brush or floss thoroughly if your teeth are crowded. This, in turn, can cause gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Tooth whitening is also an integral part of your regular dental care. You feel shy about smiling in public if you have discolored teeth. The dazzling results of tooth whitening are visible in as little as three days. However, if you have a party to attend soon, you can opt for a quick in-office bleaching method that will produce instantaneous but equally desirable results. Depending on the bleaching agent used in the process, teeth can be whitened by up to 8 to 10 shades.

There are powerful social, personal, and professional benefits of having a healthy and beautiful smile. The health benefits of going in for regular orthodontic care should not be ignored as well. Going around with misshapen, misplaced, or broken teeth or uneven jaws that mar the lines of your face not only dent your confidence but also leads to people being unjustly biased towards you. The saying, smile and the world smiles with you, is true. Do not neglect your smile.