A healthy dose of self-esteem can give you a clear sense of your own values, worth, integrity and character. It can make you feel as though you actually can accomplish your goals and aspirations.
Lacking self-esteem can interfere with your happiness, your willingness to try new things, and your confidence to overcome adversity.
May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, so we’re dedicating some attention to the importance and value of having confidence in yourself.
We feel fortunate to be involved in an industry that helps improve our patients’ self-esteem all year long. Having a healthy, attractive smile that you’re proud to show the world is a great self-esteem booster!
Consider these smile-related facts from our good friends over at the National Smile Month website:
- A person’s smile is one of the first things we notice when meeting a new person.
- Teeth and smiles are rated as the most important body feature.
- When seeking a new partner, a smile is the most sought-after physical attribute, even beating body shape, fashion sense and eyes.
Did you know that smiling also is good for you?
Smiling stimulates your brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match, according to a study conducted in the UK. British researchers discovered that one smile could provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars.
Smiling also is a stress reducer, similar to having a restful night’s sleep, according to some studies. It also helps to generate more positive emotions within you.
If you feel you are lacking in the self-esteem department because your smile isn’t what you want it to be, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Orthodontic treatment can correct things that you dislike about your smile, such as crooked or crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, and severe underbite or overbite. We will conduct a thorough examination and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan to get you on your way to smiling with confidence. Call today!