You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression! A white smile doesn’t just denote healthy teeth and gums it also plays a significant role in how confident you feel. Think about it — if you’re self-conscious about your smile you’re not going to feel very good about interacting with others. Self-esteem can have a big part to play in how you feel about yourself and also how much you enjoy things or worry about things. The word esteem means that someone or something is important, special, or valuable. And self means, well, you! So put the two words together and it’s easier to see what self-esteem is. It’s how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.

It only takes twelve muscles to smile and 113 muscles to frown. There is a big payoff for smiling at people. Every time you smile, you not only make other people feel better about them, but you raise your self-esteem, increase your level of positive attitude and feel better about yourself as well.

You might not realize it but whether or not you’re smiling can have a significant impact how others perceive you. Having a radiant smile sends a huge positive message to those around you. People who avoid smiling usually do so because they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. They may feel that their teeth are not straight, aren’t as white as they’d like, or that their teeth have lost their youthful sheen, which can make them feel ashamed about the appearance of their smile. When this happens people fall out of the habit of smiling or they do a closed-lip grin, which comes across as awkward or not genuine.

When you smile at another person, the physical action releases endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are called nature’s “happy drug.” They make you feel happy and raise your self-esteem. The most popular and influential people in most situations are people who genuinely smile at others when they meet them and greet them.

An independent study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that:

99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset.

96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more engaging to members of the opposite sex.

74% of adults believe an unattractive smile can lessen a person’s chances for career success.

88% say they remember someone with an attractive smile.

Only Half of Americans are satisfied with their smile.

“Have confidence!” is one of the most useful pieces of advice you’ll receive in life that makes no sense if you’ve never done it. You know what confident people look like, the advantages they get, and that it’s something worth to follow. How do you get there, though, especially if smiling makes you feel uncomfortable?

Physical features such as skin color, hair texture, height, weight, eye shape, disabilities and deformities, condition of the teeth, evidence of aging, and “beauty” are important markers for biased treatment. Those of us with the “wrong” features, per social-wide agreement, are subject to several forms of bias.”

Some physical are beyond your control. But others are well within your control, like the appearance of your teeth. One of the easiest traits to improve is the appearance of your teeth. Although it will take some effort on your part, most of it can be delegated to your cosmetic dentist, and your responsibility will be to be on time for your appointments and to maintain your new great smile.

People with a great smile are thought to be more intelligent, more productive, more successful, more trusting, more outgoing, more likeable, higher achievers, honest, and braver than those with an average or poor smile.

The effects of having an improved self-image and self-esteem will not only help your mental health but your physical health as well. Likewise, your physical health is affected by your mental state. Much of your mental state is determined by self-image. Your self-image is influenced by your appearance. A large part of your appearance is in your smile.   What are you waiting for? Believe in yourself; be confident in your smile.

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