What Does Your Smile Say About You?

“Smile and the world smiles with you.” — author Stanley Gordon West

Ever notice that when you leave the office after your dental cleanings, you feel just a little more confident than when you entered? You check yourself out in a mirror, smile, try out a few expressions and give yourself a thumbs-up. That kind of confidence translates into body language that nearly always includes a smile.

And just as a bright, clean, fresh smile gives you immediate confidence in yourself, those positive vibrations are transmitted to everyone you meet. Dental cleanings help you project the kind of image that evokes upbeat reactions. A big, open smile suggests that you are:

  • Open-minded
  • Accepting
  • Flexible
  • Intelligent
  • Comfortable with yourself

Smiling Emoticons

According to dating site eHarmony, there are approximately 50 different kinds of smiles, ranging from sheer joy to abject fear. Unless you’re a politician who has to paste on a fake smile all day every day, you want to send out sincere signals with your clean, white smile. To ensure you get the kind of positive responses you want, send sincerity signals with your smile by:

  • Crinkling your eyes when you smile
  • Looking directly into the eyes of people you meet
  • Arch your brows
  • Show your upper and lower teeth
  • And try to feel some genuine warmth

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” — Mark Twain

Even those who aren’t adept at reading body language will instinctively pick up on the signs when your smile is insincere. If you:

  • Don’t let the smile reach your eyes
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Furrow your brows
  • Tighten your lips over your teeth

When you do these things, even unconsciously, other people guess that you’ve either got something cagey up your sleeve or you really don’t mean what you’re saying. Even recent dental cleanings won’t cover up the fact that you’re not being honest.

Show Your Stuff

Dental cleanings and whitening procedures offered by your Asheville dental professional can help you genuinely connect with other people. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you reach that golden moment that you know you’re conveying your confidence and pleasure to others.

Your bi-annual or quarterly dental cleanings provide you with more than just whiter teeth — they also ensure that your gums are pink and healthy. Regular dental cleanings include intensive dental checkups that can help identify health-related issues such as oral cancer or root problems that could lead to extractions.

So take care of your teeth with twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and regular dental cleanings to ensure your smile reflects your very best presence. And while you may not reach super-star status with your pearly whites, you’ll reach your personal and professional goals more easily when your smile reflects your true intentions.

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” — Mother Teresa

—The Zöe Dental Team