A good smile can boost your confidence. It’s one of the best beauty remedies. However, many people feel that their smile is unattractive, and go years without ever smiling. There are many different oral issues such as gum disease, loss of teeth and root exposure that can compromise a beautiful smile. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Many people neglect to seek treatment because of the stress and discomfort associated with the dental solutions available for this problem. As a Certified LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy Clinician, I can provide patients with a fast, comfortable and less stressful treatment option that offers extremely effective results. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. Patients who choose implants can feel confident when they smile, as they engage with others socially and while eating because their teeth look, feel and function just like their natural teeth did. Periodontal plastic surgery has become a popular solution for individuals who are looking for a way to improve their smile; as well as treat a variety of anomalies, including gingival recession and root exposure as well as the natural deterioration of gum and jawbone that occurs following tooth loss. Many of the issues treated with periodontal plastic surgery are caused by gum disease.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Dr. William P. Lamas has been serving Miami for over 20 years. He offers his patients the most innovative treatment and techniques available in his field. He is a past President of the South Florida District Dental Association and teaches at the University of Florida College of Dentistry; LamasDental.com.
Happy Faces Artist Harvey Ball believed that you could improve the world one smile at a time. His bright yellow smiley face went on to define a generation and become the internationally recognized symbol for happiness and the inspiration for emojis the world over.
Text by Sandy Lindsey
Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The simple act of smiling activates mood-lifting neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, all of which act as natural painkillers.
The Cingulate Cortex, the part of the brain responsible for you smiling or mimicking another’s smile, is an unconscious automatic response area. So if you smile at someone, they can’t help but smile back.
Research published in The Journal Psychology Of Sports & Exercise suggests smiling makes running easier by helping reduce muscle tension and distract runners from bodily sensations. Participants used an impressive 2.2% less energy when smiling.