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What a smile can do for you, and others

John Bocchi

Believe it or not, a smile can do more than just help you look good in your latest Instagram. At Sierra Smiles Tahoe, we love to see our patients show off their smiles! It boosts their self-confidence, and it's actually keeping them healthy and happy.

Help Yourself

There are several scientifically proven ways smiling can make you a healthier, happier person. Smiling boosts your body's antibodies and white blood cells, helping support your immune system. Grinning also causes blood flow surges to your brain's frontal lobes, increasing the release of the "feel-good" chemical dopamine. Smiling can help you relax too by activating serotonin, a natural stress-reducer.

Help Others

You pass a stranger. They smile. You smile back. It may not just be your politeness that's making you return the gesture. Numerous studies show that smiling is contagious and a naturally subconscious reaction.

A smile also means the same thing in every language and culture. That makes it incredibly powerful. If we know smiling can help boost our mood and our health, and we know that a smile is universal and contagious, we can use smiling to spread joy and wellness all around us.

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Are You Hiding Your Smile?

Sometimes people are too embarrassed to smile because of the way their teeth look. No matter what the reason is, don't hide your smile. Cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Tahoe can help. Procedures include:

Bonding to correct chips or breaks

Whitening to make your smile pop

Tooth-colored fillings instead of silver amalgams

Veneers to change tooth shape, size, color, and even straighten

Don't let embarrassment keep you from smiling and experiencing the power it holds. Call Sierra Smiles Tahoe to explore your options to achieve a smile you're proud of.

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