To smile or not to smile shouldn’t be a question

To smile or not to smile shouldn’t be a question

(In fact, it gives you more to grin about)

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Shy of your smile?

This blog’s for you!

We know — bad poetry in a dental blog? 

But we can’t help our good mood (or our confidence in bad rhymes). The secret? Smiling. 

In our experience, having a smile you’re proud of makes our patients want to smile more. But did you know smiling gives you a second dose of confidence — and confidence leads to bolder decision making and emotional resilience? 

Here’s how it works:

A smile you’re proud of makes you smile more

We see it time and again, and we’ve all been there. When there’s something about your teeth you’d rather others didn’t notice, it can be hard to smile as widely or often as you’d like. It feels like having a big piece of spinach stuck in your teeth 24-7! 

We’ve learned it’s often less about what others really think of your smile, and more how you feel about it — and that’s how it should be. How you feel is the most important thing when it comes to the aesthetics of your teeth. 

We love seeing big smiles and can’t help but feel proud when a visit to our clinic means more smiles from our patients. Here are some of the reasons why:

Smiling more improves your confidence

You may have heard smiling improves your mood, but it’s about more than a cheerful boost. The act of smiling also helps soothe negative emotions like stress and anxiety — while adding a healthy dose of confidence to the mix. 

When you smile, your brain releases endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. Serotonin in particular bolsters confidence while reducing stress. It’s unsurprising, then, that smiling is a useful tool for managing emotions, shifting negative perspectives to ones of possibility. But what impact does confidence really have on your life?

Confidence makes things happen

For one thing, confident people are more likely to take calculated risks, pursue their goals and get out of their comfort zones. This is because confidence makes us more willing to trust our own judgment and abilities. In this way, confidence promotes better and bolder decision making. 

In the face of setbacks, it also increases resilience. So, not only are we more likely to make things happen when we feel confident, we’re also able to make the most of our challenges.

Putting everything in context

All of this said:

  • Your teeth don’t need to match a certain aesthetic to smile more 
  • Smiling isn’t all that’s needed to nurture confidence 
  • Confidence isn’t the key to all of life’s successes

And, if you don’t feel like smiling, power to you! 

What we mean to say is this: smiling is a powerful tool when you need a boost, and confidence is a strong motivator. So, in your own way, why not make the most of the benefits they bring?

On Invisalign 

One option our patients enjoy to refresh their confidence in their smile is Invisalign. It’s subtle, non invasive and a short-term commitment (with long-term results). Because it’s translucent, Invisalign helps straighten crooked and crowded teeth subtly. If you’re interested in Invisalign, book a visit, and we can help set you up at our Centrepointe clinic.


Everyone deserves to feel proud of their smile. If a lack of confidence in your teeth is the reason you’re smiling less — or if you’d just like a bit of a boost — we can support you with a refresh. 

Smiling often improves our mood and confidence, and confidence often takes us farther than we expect! 
But remember: what’s most important is your health — and how you feel about your smile.

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