Here's How a Confident Smile Can Change Your Life

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but when it comes to self-esteem and making a great first impression, it all comes down to your smile. When you feel good about your teeth, it’s only natural that you’d want to smile and show them off, appearing more confident and approachable to friends, co-workers, potential dates, and employers as a result. 

But the benefits of smiling go beyond appearances. Studies have found that smiling triggers happiness signals in your brain, which can boost your mood, lower stress levels, and have a positive effect on your health as a result. So whether you’re looking for a new job, want to make some new friends, or just want to look fresher and younger without making drastic changes, investing in a smile you’ll be proud to show off is the way to go. Dr. Ana Grace Santos offers cosmetic and general dentistry services at ABC Dental in Union City, California for your aesthetic and oral health needs.

How your smile affects your oral and general health

First things first. Nothing will ruin a good smile like tooth decay and gum disease. In order to lower your risk of oral health problems and to keep your teeth and gums healthy, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends going to the dentist every six months to a year for a dental exam and professional cleaning. Additionally, you should be flossing at least once a day and brushing after meals to help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Oral and general health are also linked, so neglecting your dental care can have negative consequences on your overall health as well as your smile.

How your smile affects your quality of life

An attractive smile is a confident smile. And a confident smile has been shown to convey greater competence in professional settings, increasing your odds of landing your dream job and possibly even commanding a higher salary. According to data from the ADA, bad teeth can interfere with job interviews and generally lead to less overall life satisfaction. 

From a purely cosmetic standpoint, whiter teeth can make you look younger. In some cases, a simple teeth whitening treatment can revamp your entire appearance, boosting your confidence and self-esteem in the process. Porcelain veneers are another effective and minimally invasive option for correcting dental imperfections and improving the size, shape, and color of your teeth for a brag-worthy smile.

For more information about our cosmetic and restorative dentistry services in Union City, California, contact ABC Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Santos.

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