“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
If you thought orthodontics were for kids, think again! A healthy smile is not only for adults who want to look nice – although it does feel good to look your best at any age. A healthy smile is for people who want to be … well, healthy.
Putting the Pressure on your Teeth
Think about it. The average person bites down at 120 pounds per square inch, and a grown man can bite with as much as 265 pounds of force. That means crowded and misaligned teeth can wear unevenly, develop cracks or break, fillings may loosen, and cavities can develop. Misalignment can cause jaw pain, sinus issues, headaches and teeth grinding. Any of these difficulties can add up to expensive dental problems and health issues over time.
Ultimately, a healthy smile says a lot about your overall health at any age. The Mayo Clinic says your teeth reveal the health of your body, and when there is trouble in your mouth, it is always a good idea to look for troubles elsewhere. That is one good reason to take good care of your smile.
Feeling Good About Your Teeth
When we smile, we feel better all over. And its not your imagination. Here’s what Psychology Today says smiling can do for you.
- Smiling can alleviate stress.
- Smiling can enable the production of “feel good” hormones.
- Smiling can draw people to us.
If you think that smiling is infectious, you are right. In fact, the part of your brain that is responsible for the facial expression called smiling resides in the cingulate cortex and it is an unconscious automatic response area. When you smile, most people have to make a conscious effort not to smile back.
When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that processes sensory rewards. This suggests that your smile is viewed as a reward by your employees, friends, children and spouse.
Reward Yourself with a Smile at Sky Ortho
So, whether you are looking for a mate or a job, or just to feel good showing others how much you appreciate them, it makes sense to take care of your teeth. There is no longer a reason to let embarrassing dental issues prevent you from smiling! Affordable and discreet dental care is available to everyone now. That is why an increasing number of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21.
If you are an adult and wish you had straighter, healthier teeth but just cannot deal with traditional braces in Shawnee, Sky Ortho has non-traditional treatment options to improve your smile such as Sure Smile to straighten your teeth in half the time or clear alternatives such as Invisalign that can even be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Don’t put up with your crooked teeth year after year. Stop by for a visit during convenient hours designed to minimize your time away from work and find out how we can help.