Fun Facts About Smiling & Happiness

Fun Facts About Smiling & Happiness

At Creekwood Orthodontics, we’re proud to provide expert orthodontic treatment to patients throughout the Kansas City & Liberty, MO areas. We believe that a new smile is about more than just improving your appearance: having a smile you’re proud to show off improves your confidence, your self-esteem, and your happiness overall. And it turns out, we’re not alone in this belief – the science backs us up!

How Smiling Makes You Happier and Healthier

Study after study confirms that smiling is not only a sign of happiness, but a cause of happiness as well. It’s one of the most basic human physiological responses: babies smile while still in the womb, and even blind babies will smile in response to the human voice. Children may smile as much as 400 times every day!

Smiling also has a direct effect on happiness. It turns out that smiling stimulates our brains more than eating a bar of chocolate, and studies have shown that smiling is associated with reducing the stress hormone cortisol, lowering blood pressure, and releasing the mood-boosting hormone endorphin. It’s true: smiling makes you happier!

It makes you healthier as well. A 30-year longitudinal study found that how much someone smiled in a yearbook photo was a strong predictor of how fulfilling and long-lasting their marriage would be, how they would do on standardized tests, and how they scored on general well-being and happiness tests. Another study even found a link between the smiles on Major League Baseball cards and the lifespan of the player!

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation in Kansas City Today

Truly, smiling can impact our health and well-being in ways we never would never imagine – and if you’re like to achieve a smile you’re truly proud to show off, Creekwood Orthodontics would love to help. Request an appointment online at our Liberty or Kansas City, MO office. We’ll work with you to design a personalized treatment plan and help you achieve a gorgeous new smile. Who knows – you might even live longer because of it!