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When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life you have a thousand reasons to smile.

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Do you know that smiling not only makes you look better, but also helps you feel better? A heartfelt smile is a gift to yourself and those around you. Although we all have plenty of occasions when we feel depressed or lonely, making an effort to smile will actually improve your mood and contribute to a better outlook on a negative situation.

How smiling affects your moods.

When we feel bad, we tend to frown. This facial gesture pulls downward on the muscles around the mouth, causing us to look unhappy. A frowning expression makes others around us uncomfortable, too. In fact, the muscles used for frowning actually release negative feelings in the brain that do only reinforce the bad feelings that are already there.

On the other hand, smiling lifts up the corners of the mouth and the lips, sometimes stretching facial skin upward toward the eyes. In turn, this releases positive emotions in the brain, causing us to feel better. In addition, those who see us smile are also uplifted.

What you can do for a better smile.

Practice smiling in front of the mirror. See how your face looks when you try different smiles, from small to large or showing teeth versus hiding them.

If your smile is not as attractive as you would like, there is hope. An orthodontist can provide a thorough examination of your mouth, including teeth and soft tissues. X-rays may be done for a more in-depth look at the dental structures. Depending on the findings of the orthodontist, you may be offered Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a form of braces that can move teeth to fill gaps or improve their position. Braces are worn by many people today, who love getting longer-lasting teeth and a better smile.

Contact Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics for more information on how to get your best-ever smile.

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