Create A Happy Life: How Smiling Can Affect Self-Esteem

May 11, 2021

Self-esteem and self-value are some of the most profound emotional human needs. Although, it only takes a moment to smile, a beautiful smile is enough to boost your self-esteem, influence how others react to you, and make your day. 

But smiling is not always that easy, particularly for people with teeth or gum problems. They often shy away from letting their smiles show, fearing they might not look good enough, which can have a psychological toll on them. 

The good news is that you do not have to deal with that. Here are tricks to help you smile better, boost your self-esteem, and create a happy life:

When You May Need To See A Dentist

Any dental problem, big or small, requires the attention of a dentist as it may affect your ability to wear a smile. That means if you find yourself having to hide your teeth while smiling, it is possible that you are not confident about your smile and need to have your dental issues fixed to regain your self-esteem. Whether it is discolored, chipped, or broken teeth, procedures such as dental bonding, teeth whitening, and dental contouring can be excellent options for having your teeth fixed. 

However, if you have misaligned teeth, your dentist may prescribe braces as a corrective treatment procedure. People who are not comfortable with conventional metallic braces can opt for less invasive invisible braces. The good news is that there is a growing number of invisible brace companies that can help you find what you need to smile again. 

The Psychology Of Smiling

Here are several ways through which smiling can affect your self-esteem:

  • Smiling Makes You More Likable

Smiling makes you likable to others. People often feel loved and appreciated when they smile during conversations and interactions. That sense of being valued boosts their self-esteem.  As a result, they reciprocate the appreciation with a smile because a smile is contagious. A simple smile has the power to change the mood of the people around you. When the spirits of the people around you are high, you will most likely feel the same effect too.

  • Smiling Makes You Look Younger

Irrespective of your age or gender, smiling can make you look younger. Most people view smiley faces as beautiful and attractive, which is naturally associated with beauty and positive energy, both of which are indicators of youthfulness. You do not have to buy expensive creams or eat all the foods that promise anti-aging benefits. Wearing a smile is a surefire way of making you look younger at no cost.

  • Helps Build Relationships

If you have been in the dating scene for some time, you may have realized that attractive facial features are not all there is to beauty. Other traits like a person’s personality come before the looks, and a happy soul is a personality trait people look for in a partner. A smile acts as a window to the soul, and people can use your smile to judge how much of a happy soul you are. Having a hard time finding a mate can significantly affect your self-esteem. It could be you are not unattractive, but your gloomy appearance is repulsive. Try achieving that beautiful smile and see the difference it could make.  

  • Smiling Boosts Your Mood

When things are not going so well, you may not feel like smiling. However, research suggests that smiling is an excellent way of boosting your moods. A smile sends signals to your brain that trigger the release of the feel-good hormone called endorphin, which can help in boosting your mood.

Summary

A smile is a powerful tool. Not only does it boost your self-esteem, but it also boosts that of others. If your dental problems are keeping you from smiling, it is time you have the problem fixed and reclaimed your self-esteem.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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