What’s In a Smile?

The smile is the window to the soul; it puts us at ease when we see people smile. Freely offered, no means of expression has the ability to make a complete stranger feel better or more compelled to return the favor. Smiles know no language barriers, no demarcations of race, gender, or class. It’s the one thing that is truly universal among humans. In any social interaction, professional or personal, people will intuitively gravitate towards those of us who smile.

The smile is the window to the soul; it puts us at ease when we see people smile. Freely offered, no means of expression has the ability to make a complete stranger feel better or more compelled to return the favor.  Smiles know no language barriers, no demarcations of race, gender, or class. It’s the one thing that is truly universal among humans. In any social interaction, professional or personal, people will intuitively gravitate towards those of us who smile.

It’s an emotional currency whose value can never be measured and when all else fails, we will still have our smile. A smile has power – it can actually increase serotonin for both the giver and the receiver. A smile exudes confidence. Studies have shown that a white, aligned smile signals that someone is healthy, smart and financially secure. Smiles are also associated with youth. Babies smile an average of 200 times a day. The average woman smiles 62 times a day and the average man only 8. One could argue that babies don’t have to worry about their careers and mortgages and have people tending to their every need. I bet you are thinking – I would smile more too if that were my situation!


The point is that if you have ever watched a grown up interact with a baby, they do incredibly silly things – they poke them, tickle them, make funny faces and do just about anything to get that baby to keep smiling. But they also smile back. Why? Because there is an intimate freedom we feel in our soul during that interaction.


So instead of thinking of your smile as something permanent, think of it as a work in progress. There are many things you can do to have brighter, more perfectly aligned teeth. If you feel more confident about your smile you will likely use it more.

Here is a secret: Most of the perfect celebrity smiles that you see on TV and in magazines are the result of several smile enhancing efforts by dentists. Plenty of whitening and straightening have resulted in these personalities permeating our lives with their smiles – and the result is that everyone wants to see more of them. Good dentistry should be invisible. If you have good procedures done then they should look completely natural with no one really knowing that any work was done. The right dental professional knows this and will discuss it with you.

Also, the right smile enhancing procedures should not stray too dramatically from the smile you were born with. The more different it looks, the less it’s “yours.” One of the things so great about a smile is its individuality. With the strides in recent technology and the advancements in oral care, it’s important you understand a great smile is available at any age.

All of these options are available to you also. But don’t think of it as celebrity emulation. Think of it as finding your epicenter of beauty. Think of it as an investment in the emotion behind the smile – the happiness a smile indicates. Smiles cause a chain reaction – once you start smiling more, the people you smile at will also, and so on and so on. 

Soon, there will be a lot more smiles to go around. But it starts with you making an appointment to see your dentist!

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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