According to a recent study done by the American Dental Association (and numerous other university studies), the feature that others find most attractive is not our hair, eyes or body-it’s our smile!!! ;)

So don’t worry about trying to compete with the latest supermodel or those impossible-to-beat images we see on every billboard and magazine ad. Just flash your pearly whites and smile!!

But there’s more to it than that. Anti-aging expert Dr. Mark Stibich has come up with some fantastic reasons to smile. Here are just a few of them.

• Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling low, try putting on a smile. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood for the better.

• Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling it brightens up the room and makes things happier. I used to think of John Elway and his trademark smile. He had long teeth and a short upper lip (like me) and it gives the appearance of a smile much of the time. I figure that he gets people to smile back to him when they think he’s smiling at them. Bottom line, smile lots and you will draw happy people to you.

• Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling prevents us from looking tired, worn down and overwhelmed. Take time to put on a smile when you are stressed. The stress will be reduced and you will be better able to take action.

• Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the body relax and divert energy to preventative and reparative systems rather than making it stressed by being on alert for ‘flight or fight’.

• Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Seratonin

Studies have found that smiling can help release your own little morphine giving you a little boost of euphoria. I love euphoria!

• Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles that raise your lips are your body’s own little face-lift. No knives or needles needed.

There is no doubt about it, smiling is something we should be very grateful for and it’s free!! At Dillon Family Dentistry, here in Bryn Mawr, it puts a smile on our face to give you the best smile on yours.

If you’re not happy with your smile and would like a complimentary cosmetic dentist consult call us today at 610-525-5497. We would love to help!!!