How do you feel about your teeth? If you are unhappy with their appearance, how do you think those feelings affect your day-to-day life? Perhaps you have never thought of it, but substantial research has closely examined the effects that our teeth can have on our lives. To learn more about this connection, read the explanation below from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans.
How Your Smile Affects You
Did you know that there is a branch of science dedicated to the study of smiles? This field was pioneered by a man named Duchenne de Boulogne, who was a French neurologist. Duchenne’s contributions to this fascinating field are memorialized in the names for two very common smile types: the Duchenne smile and the non-Duchenne smile. The Duchenne smile, otherwise known as a genuine smile, is characterized by the involvement of the muscles around the eyes. It is a smile meant to convey positive emotion and is created for this purpose alone. A non-Duchenne smile, on the other hand, is a smile of appeasement and is performed for someone other than the smiler. The non-Duchenne smile also does not involve the muscles around the eyes.
Adding to the many differences between Duchenne and non-Duchenne smiles are the effects that each has on the smiler. A Duchenne smile gives the smile a boost of positive emotion that the non-Duchenne smile does not give. Over time, these effects can have a dramatic impact upon a person’s life. According to recent research, people who smile Duchenne smiles more often tend to have lower divorce rates and to live longer. With so much on the line, isn’t it time you made your smile something you are excited to show off instead of something you try to hide?
Schedule a Visit with Your Reno Cosmetic Dentists
If your smile is sapping your confidence, the time has come to act. Don’t allow your feelings about your teeth keep you from enjoying all that life has to offer. Contact our 89502 dentist office today at 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment with your Reno cosmetic dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and surrounding communities.