What was Mona Lisa really trying to say?
Your smile and expressing your emotions
Many of us who are embarrassed about our smiles might have become very good at pulling a Mona Lisa-esk cheeky toothless smile. That painting is marked in history with an unparalleled air of ambiguity. What is she smirking about? Is she actually happy or hiding something behind that somewhat effortless smile? How would the essence of that painting have changed had she been smiling a toothy grin?
At AAA Orthodontics in Albany Creek and Strathpine we are interested is how your smile relates to the way you express your emotions and what it means to show your teeth. While Leonardo’s depiction of a tight lip smirk may result in a more mysterious piece of art, what is the difference in your life when considering to show your teeth, or not to show your teeth?
What is it about smiling, your emotions and your health?
Having recently landed a coveted spot on the New York Times bestseller list, Dr David Agus suggests that smiling is a huge part of living longer. In his book ‘A Short Guide to a Long Life’, Agus suggests that:
“Smiling is a great stress reliever. It boosts pain-killing, brain-happy endorphins, and as I say in the book, it takes only 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown.”
By now, science is continually perpetuating the notion that smiling is good for your health. Even the words on the paper of these case studies do not speak louder than the effects any of us can feel when we smile. Both endorphins and serotonin are released into your brain when you smile. These internally produced chemicals are responsible for making you feel good—go figure.
There is a surplus of studies existing out there amongst scholars that state the health effects of smiling, but how do others interpret smiling? What does smiling say about you to others?
A study recently taken by a collection of psychologists called “Do Only Fools Smile at Strangers? Cultural Differences in Social Perception of Intelligence of Smiling Individuals” suggested that it more likely than not that a smile is looked upon more favourably than those who were not smiling.
So what does all this mean for you?
Ultimately, the scientific study suggests that not only is smiling beneficial to your health, but it can also have the potential to influence the way people perceive you. Despite this, the way you feel about your smile can stop you from enjoying the health benefits and potentially improving your first impression.
For those who are nervous about crooked or misplaced teeth, smiling can be the source of embarrassment and can cause people to avoid smiling all together. At AAA Orthodontics in Albany Creek and Strathpine it is our passion to help people achieve straight teeth that they can feel confident to smile with.
The full spectrum of discreet options
It is never too late to benefit from straight teeth and a smile you can be confident about, and at AAA Orthodontics we are passionate about helping adults achieve their very best smiles.
With our extensive range of treatments that are lifestyle-friendly and discreet, we can ensure all our patients can smile with confidence. These treatments include:
Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for a number of reasons, as it can:
- Create a better cleaning surface, making it easier to maintain your oral health
- Enhance the appearance of your smile as well as your self-confidence
- Improve bite function and speech