(Oct. 01, 2017) – People with straight teeth are perceived as more likely to be happy, successful, and second-date worthy according to a recent study by Invisalign. To celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month and National Dental Hygiene Month (October), Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) is encouraging everyone to turn their frown upside down and share in the unique benefits of the universal sign of happiness—smiling.
Orthodontia, the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth, and dental hygiene, the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy, includes benefits that go beyond the noticeable physical changes of straighter teeth or proper bite. Extensive research has shown improvements in confidence, self-image, performance in school or work, and even projected income due to a smile an individual is comfortable showing.
“Many children and adults continue to be concerned or insecure about their smile, which may prevent them from reaching their full potential,” said Dr. Robert Brody, chief clinical officer of GEDC. “In an effort to combat these feelings, we encourage children to begin their orthodontist visits around the age of seven to identify the proper treatment to guide tooth and jaw development. Even after visiting their orthodontist, many individuals don’t realize the many ways their smile has an effect on their overall health.”
In addition to improving confidence, smiling:
- Reduces blood pressure. The simple act of smiling causes an increase of endorphins throughout the body, lowering blood pressure. Stress levels also decrease.
- Improves your immune system. Cortisol levels decrease, improving the immune system, with every smile.
- Increases chances of a promotion at work. Research has suggested that individuals look smarter when they smile, leading bosses to believe they are engaged, confident, and easy to work with.
- Lands the job. Individuals are 58 percent more likely to land a job when competing with someone of a similar skill set if they flash a straight smile.
About Great Expressions Dental Centers
For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers has been a leader in preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Great Expressions is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. Great Expressions Dental Centers branded practices are independently-owned and operated in specific states by licensed dentists and their professional entities who employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. ADG, LLC provides administrative and business support services and licenses the Great Expressions Dental Centers brand name to independently-owned and operated dental practices. ADG does not own or operate dental practices, or employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. For more information, please visit www.greatexpressions.com.
Megan McCarl, on behalf of Great Expressions Dental Centers
Lambert, Edwards & Associates