Are you looking to make 2019 the best year yet? If so, then you probably have many self-improvements in mind for the coming year, but perhaps one you have not considered is improving your smile.

Getting a smile makeover can be the first step toward making many other improvements in your life, which makes it a great place to start when you are considering making a fresh start to the new year. Here are all the potential benefits you might see when you take care of your smile.

Welcome to the New Year, Is It Time for a New You?

Improve Your Health

Most of us are looking to be healthier in the new year. To achieve that, we may add dieting, exercise, weight loss, stress relief and other health-related resolutions to our goal list. But if you are not taking care of your teeth, you may be missing some of the benefits.

Most importantly, you have to take care of gum disease. Gum disease can undermine many of your other resolutions. Gum disease is a chronic illness, and, just like being sick with the flu or a cold, it can sap your energy and make it hard for you to keep to an exercise routine. And gum disease could be keeping you from seeing all the benefits of your new healthy routine. Some research suggests that gum disease–not your diet–could be the source of much artery-clogging fat. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can improve your ability to eat a healthy diet. Along with gum disease, an infected tooth can also increase your heart risks, potentially keeping you from seeing the health benefits of exercise.

And while we are talking about exercise, it is important to remember that your bite is critical to core stability and efficient muscle function. When your bite is unstable, your body may compensate by working harder with other muscles, and pushing your spine out of alignment, which can increase your risk of strains and other injuries as part of your workout routine. You will also see a reduction in headaches and neck pain when you have a healthier bite.

While we are on the subject of health, we want to put a word in about sleep apnea. It is not strictly related to your smile, but it is a serious health condition that many people neglect. Check out the symptoms of sleep apnea and consider whether this is the secret to many of your ongoing health concerns.

Find a New Job

If you are unhappy with your current job and looking for a new one, a smile may be just the boost you need to make it happen. A new smile can help your job search in many ways:

  • Better first impression
  • More confidence
  • Improved self-expression

Your smile is one of the most important aspects of the first impression you make on potential employers. Studies have shown that your smile is remembered more than what you said at an initial meeting. This is more than an issue of being attractive. A bright, straight, healthy smile makes you look more successful, more intelligent, even more compassionate and understanding. Studies also show that hiring managers are more likely to hire someone with an attractive smile over someone with comparable skills but with a crooked or discolored smile. And the hiring offer will come with a higher initial salary offer.

Your confidence is another big factor in winning over a potential employer. You are much more likely to be confident in yourself when you know your smile is attractive. Self-confidence alone may make the difference in this and many other aspects of your life.

When you are unsure about your smile, you are less likely to smile and more likely to cover  your mouth when talking or laughing. This can lead to many communication problems. It is not just a matter of being heard–your words will be taken very differently when delivered with a smile than with a frown. And this can lead to more conflict between you and current or potential coworkers.

New Love and Love Renewed

Improving your smile could also be a big improvement in your love life, whether you are looking for a new relationship or trying to rekindle the flames of  your current one.

When it comes to new relationships, both men and women have listed a smile as the most feature they are looking at in potential dates. You may be meeting people online or FTF, but in either case your smile can make all the difference in catching someone’s eye and making them want to spend more time with you.

Your confidence and your ability to just be yourself make a big difference here, too. Self-confidence is a very attractive trait, and it is much easier to muster when you have a more beautiful smile. And with a more beautiful smile, you will feel that much more comfortable being yourself. You will talk and laugh more freely–and just be free to be your naturally charming self.

So how does a smile help you renew your ongoing love? You cannot turn back the clock, but you can turn back your smile–show your beloved that beautiful smile they fell in love with  years ago. And if you are both unhappy with the way time has affected your smiles, getting them redone together can be an enriching experience for a couple.

Now Is the Time to Get Started

Are you looking for a new you in the New Year? There are few better choices for self-improvement than improving an unhealthy or unattractive smile. And there is no better time than now to get started.

To get your smile makeover started in St. Louis, please call (314) 678-7876 (Downtown St. Louis) or (314) 678-7876 (Clayton) today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Chris Hill at City Smiles.