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The power of a great smile and a good bite

Last Updated: May 29, 2024
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Unlocking psychological benefits

A captivating smile and a healthy bite can do wonders beyond their obvious physical benefits. We often think of dental health as oral hygiene and appearance. Emerging research now highlights the significant psychological advantages of a great smile and well-aligned bite. In this article, Dr Geoff dives into the psychological benefits that come with maintaining and improving your oral health.

What is a Great Smile?

A great smile consists of the following:

  1. Straight teeth: Straight teeth look good and function well. They also tend to last longer because they are less likely to wear out early.
  2. Teeth alignment: Proper alignment of upper and lower jaws is essential to preventing uneven wear and jaw pain.
  3. Healthy gums: The foundation of a healthy smile, gums should be free of inflammation and bleeding to hold and support healthy teeth.
  4. White Teeth: Bright, white teeth are often considered a sign of healthy teeth.

A great (and healthy) smile is a combination of all the above elements.

Enhancing Confidence

One of the most noticeable psychological benefits of a great smile is the boost in confidence it provides. When you are proud of your smile, you tend to carry yourself with more assurance leading to increased self-esteem and self-worth.

Smiling confidently with healthy teeth can make you feel more comfortable in many social interactions. Confidently smiling can enhance your interactions and communication in job interviews, public speaking, and school settings. Confidence helps you make friends, succeed at work, and handle life’s problems with a positive attitude.

Improved Mood and Happiness

A healthy smile can positively affect your mood and overall happiness. When you smile, your brain releases endorphins, known as “feel-good” hormones.” These endorphins can elevate your mood, reduce stress, and create a sense of well-being.

Smiling also triggers a positive response from those around you. Positive interactions often lead to stronger social connections and a greater sense of belonging. By maintaining a healthy smile, you can experience increased positivity and overall life satisfaction.

Enhanced Communication

Experts estimate that non-verbal communication makes up between 70% to 93% of all communication. This means your smile is an extremely powerful communication tool. Expressing warmth, openness and trust, a smile makes it easier to connect with others on a deeper level. A great smile can break down barriers and foster better professional and personal relationships.

Straight teeth and an aligned bite can help you speak clearly and pronounce words correctly, making it easier for you to communicate well. Clear and confident expression can enhance quality of life.

Stress Reduction

Smiling can work to reduce stress levels in many ways.

  1. Lowering cortisol: Smiling has been shown to reduce our cortisol levels, which is known as the stress hormone.
  2. Positive feedback: Smiling can trigger a positive feedback cycle leading to more positive emotions. Scientists believe forcing a smile is an effective way of tricking ourselves into feeling happier.
  3. Social connection: Considered a universal expression of friendliness, smiling can build rapport with others reducing stress and isolation.
Dr Martin Poon with a patient during a metal braces follow up appointment.

Improving Your Smile

There is no need to worry if you weren’t born with a great smile. There are some simple steps you can take to make your smile great! These include dental hygiene basics, as well as orthodontic treatment.

Dental Hygiene

Having a well-structured dental hygiene routine is the first step to a great smile. Fortunately, it can be the most affordable step. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to your trusted dentist can go a long way to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Crooked Teeth

Modern orthodontic treatments can straighten crooked or misaligned teeth. With a range of treatments available, there is an option to suit most budgets and cases. Braces are a proven and reliable way to straighten teeth, even in complex cases.

Braces are available in a range of variants with traditional metal being the most recognisable. Ceramic and lingual braces are well-suited if you prefer your orthodontic treatment to be discreet and efficient.

Clear aligners like Invisalign are a new way to straighten teeth without braces. They use a plastic retainer to move teeth where you want them to be. The clear trays are almost invisible and can be removed for eating and drinking, making them very popular with teens and young adults.


While we may overlook the psychological benefits of a great smile and a good bite, the impact on our well-being is hard to ignore. By taking care of your oral health and seeking the right treatment when necessary, we can enjoy enhanced confidence, improved mood, and better communication skills. So, let your smile shine, and enjoy the psychological rewards it brings! 

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