Many people view dental treatment as a routine necessity to maintain their oral health but taking steps to improve your smile can mean so much more. People who are confident with the way they look are happier, healthier, and more successful in their personal and professional lives. Read on to find out how changing your smile can change your whole outlook. 
 
 
1. You’ll make a great first impression 
First impressions really do matter, and one of the first things that people notice is your smile. A study by Kelton Research found that after meeting someone, the facial aspect that 24% of people remember most is their teeth. People with straight teeth are far more likely to be perceived as being happy, healthy, and smart than those with crooked teeth, and 73% of study participants were more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car. 
 
2. You’ll gain self-confidence 
If you’re unhappy with your teeth you are less likely to smile, which can negatively impact your self-esteem. Smiling releases chemicals called endorphins in your brain, which boost your mood and help to create a positive attitude. This has a knock-on effect on the people around you, improving your relationships and creating the perception of a friendly, confident, and successful individual. Having people view you this way gives you the confidence to believe in yourself, forming a positive reinforcement loop that benefits everyone. 
 
3. Your dating and employment prospects will improve 
When meeting a prospective new partner or employer, first impressions count – some studies suggest that bad teeth is the number one turn-off on people’s dating profiles. In contrast, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture than those with crooked teeth. People with straighter, whiter teeth are also more likely to be hired by prospective employers and receive higher salary offers, proving that your smile really is a worthy investment. 
 
4. You’ll have healthier teeth 
If you invest time, money, and effort into cosmetically improving your smile, you’ll be much more motivated to keep it that way. Straight, evenly spaced teeth are easier to brush and floss and when properly cleaned they are less likely to develop cavities. 
 
5. You’ll live longer 
Smiling alleviates stress and helps to lower blood pressure, and researchers have found that people who smile more live longer, happier lives. One study of Major League Baseball players from the 1952 player register found that players who were smiling authentically in their photos lived an average of seven years longer than players who weren’t smiling. Keeping your teeth in good condition also helps to prevent major health conditions that have been linked to gum disease, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 
 
If you’re considering a smile makeover, contact Park Dental Care to book a free consultation with one of our expert team members. We look forward to your visit. 
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