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Veneers Aren’t Just for Your Teeth

If you’re one of the 81 percent of people who believe their smile is unattractive, or the 28 percent who refuse to show their teeth in photos on social media, you could be a candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain strips that are fitted onto the tooth and then adhered into place. Porcelain veneers can improve the look of the color, shape and texture of the teeth. Usually placed on the front-facing surface of your teeth, veneers give you the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of, without having to undergo lengthy procedures like braces, crowns, or dental implants.

But the benefits of veneers go way beyond just your teeth! Having a beautiful smile doesn’t just improve your appearance, it can improve your entire life! And here are the facts to back that up. 


  • Smiling makes you live longer! Having a beautiful smile means you’ll feel confident enough to smile more often, and studies have shown that people who smile more often live longer! One study found that baseball players who smiled in their official card photo lived to an average age of 79.9 years; those players who didn’t smile, or had a forced smile only lived to an average of 72.9 years! That means the players who smiled survived 7 years longer than their unsmiling teammates.

  • According to National Smile Month’s official website, the smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you, and the smile is ranked second behind personality for most attractive feature on both men and women.

  • Smiling itself can make you happy! Ever heard the phrase "Fake it ‘til you make it?" Well, it applies to smiling, too! By smiling, your face sends signals to your brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. In fact, the more you smile, the more your brain believes it’s happy, creating what is known as a happiness loop, which encourages us to think more positively.

  • Smiling is contagious. Kind of like yawning, if we see another person smile, we subconsciously smile back, which benefits everyone.  Studies have also found that smiling makes you seem younger, and more approachable, too.

  • The smile is an internationally recognized language. No matter where you go on earth or what language is spoken, a smile means the same thing in every culture.

  • Smiling can strengthen your immune system. When you smile, your body releases white blood cells, which are used to fight illnesses and infections. So every time you smile, you’re actually helping your immune system work more efficiently.

  • Smiling makes you more productive. A 2010 study conducted at Warwick Business School found that employees who smile more often are more creative and more productive at work than those who don't, and people who smile more frequently are more likely to get promoted than those who don’t.

  • Smiling makes you seem more trustworthy. A 2012 study by the University of Pittsburgh found that smiling makes you seem more trustworthy than not smiling.

Are you insecure about your smile? Are you interested in learning more about how veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures can help improve your smile? Give Dr. Simpson a call at (910) 550-3959 and schedule a consultation.

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