A healthy, attractive smile is one that people are happy to share, but an unattractive one, or one that has visible damage, can make us conceal our smile. Unfortunately, hiding our smile can be bad for our self-confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry can help you improve your smile and make it one you’re happy to share.

Self-Censoring and Self-Censuring

beautiful woman smiling with confidence

You know that smiles can make a difference in the impression you get from someone. A smile makes all the difference between a negative impression and a positive one, and the same is true when you share your smile: people automatically respond better to you. But if you’re not happy with your smile, you may withhold it, afraid that it will make others think worse of you.

However when we hide–or censor–our smile, we punish–or censure–ourselves. This punishment comes in several different forms. Not only are we subjecting ourselves to negative responses from those around us, we’re building up negative emotions.

Studies have shown that people making negative expressions find it harder to see humor–your face isn’t just an expression of emotion, it partly creates emotion.

Restoring Your Smile–And Your Confidence

On the other hand, if you have an attractive smile that you are eager to share, it can increase confidence and happiness. Just like a frown, a smile can create the emotion it expresses.

But the source of happiness and confidence from a smile comes from outside as well. When we smile, people respond in a positive way, and that can make us feel even better about ourselves.

If you are unhappy with your smile, you don’t have to keep hiding it. Instead, you can get a smile that you’ll be proud and happy to share.

To learn how you can improve your smile, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia.