Your smile is an amazing thing! It can cheer up a friend, make a stranger’s day, and so many more wonderful things. Do you feel shy or confident about smiling? We’re here to help boost your confidence. Read on for 5 tips to smile more.

1. Practice Smiling

Studies show that one way to boost your confidence levels, as well as your mood is to practice smiling more. Smiling triggers your brain to release tiny molecules called neuropeptides that help to fight stress. It also triggers other neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.

If you’re wanting to feel more confident about your smile, talking with an orthodontist about the things that affect your confidence can be helpful so that they can help you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

2. Post Reminders

An easy way to remember to smile more is to post reminders. Set calendar reminders on your phone, tack post-its on your mirror, work area around your computer, in your car, or anywhere else a reminder might be helpful.

3. Take Time for Self-Care

One of our favorite tips to smile more is to practice self-care. Self-care comes before self-love, so if you don’t feel like practicing self-care, that’s exactly when you should do it! The more you do wonderful things for yourself, the better you’ll feel — and the more you’ll feel like smiling!

Practicing self-care can take many different forms, such as going out shopping for some retail therapy, going out for a walk in nature, or doing some relaxing home self-care like taking a bath with essential oils or doing your nails. It can also look like giving your smile some extra TLC with whitening treatments, a dental cleaning, or a visit to the orthodontist to find out more about aligners and braces.

4. Practice Gratitude

Research shows that thinking of just 3 things you’re grateful for each day can improve your happiness levels. We don’t know about you, but when we’re genuinely happy, we can’t stop smiling!

5. Set Goals

If you have goals for your smile, write them down and bring them to your orthodontist! We’ve got lots of tips to smile more, but one of the most effective ways to smile more is to meet your smile goals, and we can help you make that happen!

Call our Huntsville, Lufkin, Conroe, Bryan, Spring, Tomball or Humble dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.