If the thought of another three months of grey skies and dark, chilly mornings is enough to send you scurrying back under the duvet, consider boosting your mood by improving your smile. Cosmetic dentistry has proven psychological as well as physical benefits – read on to find out more. 
 
Smiling reduces stress levels 
It may seem counterintuitive, but if you smile when you are facing a stressful situation, you’ll feel better. Research shows that smiling reduces the body’s heart rate, making it easier to deal with whatever obstacle you are dealing with, even if the smile is forced. This is because smiling is believed to boost levels of serotonin in the brain, a natural stress reducer. 
 
Smiling increases happiness 
Everyone knows that people who are happy smile more, but were you aware that the reverse is also true? The physical act of smiling creates a chemical reaction in the brain that produces dopamine, a hormone associated with happiness and wellbeing. If you’re confident with your smile, you’re more likely to show it in public, warding off the low dopamine levels associated with depression. 
 
Smiling improves pain tolerance 
If you’ve dropped a hammer on your big toe, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is laughing about it, but there’s a chance it might not hurt as much if you were watching a comedy show beforehand. Researchers found that people who were made to watch a humorous video and laughed together in a group exhibited an increased tolerance for pain. This may be due to an increase in endorphin levels in the body, which trigger positive feelings similar to that of morphine. 
 
Smiling improves everyday life 
Did you know that people with straighter, whiter smiles are more likely to be offered a job than other interview candidates? Or that potential dating partners are far more inclined to go on a second date with someone who has a nice smile? Improving your smile is a huge confidence booster that can change other aspects of your life for the better. 
 
Cosmetic treatments at Park Dental Care 
Some of the cosmetic treatments we offer include: 
 
Tooth whitening – in-office surface stain removal or professional at-home bleaching kits. 
Cosmetic veneers – thin layers of porcelain that improve the shape, size, or colour of teeth. 
Porcelain crowns – natural-looking solutions for broken or damaged teeth. 
Adult orthodontics – we offer removable, fixed, and invisible brace types. 
Hygienist appointments – for sparkling white teeth, fresh breath, and a healthy mouth. 
 
At Park Dental Care, we are happy to advise patients on the best treatment plan for their needs. If you are interested in learning more about the various cosmetic treatment options we provide, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to your visit. 
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