The Psychology Behind A Great ‘Clear Aligner’ Smile
Who’d have thought that something as simple as clear aligners for teeth could actually change your life, but it’s true. While having straighter teeth improves oral health, there’s something deeply satisfying about having a perfect smile that goes way beyond aesthetics.
A new smile could also have other added benefits that could impact your life — a lot of this is psychological. Let’s take a look at how this would work.
Smiling can make you appear younger
Even if there were no other advantages to smiling, there’s no doubt that most of us would be grateful for this perk. According to a 2016 study, smiling makes us appear younger, which impacts social interactions — people find these folks to be friendlier, more approachable, and generally more positive. Adults who are perceived to be older, tend to get treated much differently. This group has a higher probability of getting treated as if they are frail and dependent.
Every smile is like a mini facelift. By raising the corners of the mouth, the whole area including the neck, jowls, and cheeks get a lift, giving the appearance of a more youthful look. Why spend upwards of $10,000 on cosmetic surgery when all you’ve got to do is simply smile more 🙂 !
Smiling alters your mood
There’s a great quote by Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh that goes…“Sometimes the joy is a source of your smile, but sometimes a smile can be the source of your joy.”
And it’s absolutely true. Take clear aligners for example. They have the ability to improve your smile in a non-invasive and unobtrusive way, giving you a certain satisfaction every time you flash your pearly whites. However, did you know that when you smile, the act of doing so triggers powerful levels of dopamine and serotonin? These act not only as natural pain relievers but also as pleasure stimulators, lifting your mood.
Dopamine and serotonin are important neurotransmitters for inducing happiness.
In fact, Ron Gutman a modern-day smile evangelist, talks about an experiment carried out by British researchers who saw that one smile from a child can trigger the same levels of brain stimulation in an adult as 2000 bars of chocolate. By the way, as we’re in the business of creating great smiles with clear aligners, we don’t recommend that you eat 2000 chocolate bars to test this out!
But that’s not all! In that same test, it’s estimated that one smile can trigger the same joyous reactions as receiving the equivalent of $25,000. So if the theory is correct, all you’ve got to do is smile 40 times a day and you really do have a “million dollar smile.”
Smiling is contagious
Picture this — you’re walking down the street when a passerby (a stranger) smiles at you. Before you know it, you’re smiling back. You can’t help it. I’m sure it’s happened to you, but have you ever stopped and thought about why you returned the smile? Politeness maybe? The uncertainty of the situation perhaps?
You can't help but smile back!
Not so, according to one in-depth study. Researchers concluded that when someone appears happy or breaks out into a smile, we subconsciously ‘try out’ the same emotion. By mimicking the gesture, our brains trigger a recognition statement that arms us with sufficient information to take appropriate social actions. Of course, all this is done in a fraction of a second, but nevertheless, it does go to show that a smile really can be contagious!
So there you have it… numerous studies show that having a great smile can be good for you and those around you!