A smile accomplishes much more than you think. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of dental investment, your smile is telling the world about you every day. Whether you consider your teeth to be nothing more than snacking tools or are obsessive about your whitening upkeep, your teeth play the same role in personal expression. Have you considered exactly how a beautiful smile affects your life? Possessing a smile that you find satisfying will change the way you interact with the world - and whether the world smiles back.

Your Perfect Smile and Your Confidence Level

Clothes don't make the man - the smile does. Sure, we're biased, but it's truly remarkable to consider just how much your smile communicates. Countless people cite the smile as the first thing they notice about someone - and a basis of the first impression that follows. If you don't feel comfortable with your smile, you won't show it off in the first place, depriving yourself of the positive message that a smile offers.

On the other hand, when you smile looks exactly the way you want it to, your confidence level soars. This not only prompts you to smile more freely, but affects every area of your life. A boost in self esteem makes you into a more take-charge person. You'll feel comfortable voicing your opions and moving toward what you want, achieving ultimate fulfillment. All this from pretty teeth? It sounds excessive, but it's true.

A recent New York Times blurb about awards season lends credence to this teeth-as-powerful-tools idea. Jonah Hill, a star of The Wolf of Wall Street, wore large, white false teeth to help him imitate the real-life trader he played. Now Oscar-nominated for the role, he cites the prosthetic teeth as an aid in his performance. Your smile can drive you in so many ways. While we may not all be up for Oscars, we all have the same oppportunity to make our smiles into something special.

What a Great Smile Tells Others About You

A beautiful, happy smile presents those around you with a window to your inner self. The smile is the simplest way to show genuine emotion. When others see you smiling, they're more likely to feel comfortable with you and value the interaction. Moreover, a gorgeous smile communicates health and personal capability.

How Smiling Improves Your Life

The mere act of smiling can have remarkable effects on your daily life. Consider the way flashing a grin enhances the following:

  • Mood - While the old adage that smiling makes you feel happier may seem like a myth, there's actually research that supports it. Smiling and avoiding frowning will make you feel better (and prevent forehead lines to boot).

  • Social skills - Entering a party or any kind of social setting with a smile on your face will smooth your interactions and make you feel more comfortable. People will gravitate towards your friendly expression.

  • Professional performance - The confidence and capability that a beautiful smile lends your entire self will help you improve your work performance. You'll feel at home being the center of attention and taking the lead on projects.

Still Seeking A Satisfying Grin?

Dr. Kim Okamura and our team will work with you on an individual basis to determine the treatment that suits your aesthetic goals. Your final smile will not only make you happy, but leave a lasting impression on those with whom you share it. Get in touch with our practice to begin discussing cosmetic dentistry. Don't spend another day with teeth that don't truly represent you.

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.