7 Fascinating Facts About Smiles

7 Fascinating Facts About Smiles

As a company dedicated to improving the health and overall appearance of smiles, we understand just how important a good smile is. I mean, it’s a major social response that we rely on to know when we’re in good standing with someone or to show that we are happy (or at least not so pissed that we’re unable to smile).

As smile connoisseurs, we started wondering if there weren’t some zany or fascinating facts out there that reinforce the normality behind our obsession. Sure enough, much to our relief, there are! Check out our 7 favorite facts that we found about smiles.

  • Say “Cheese” and Be Happy: A UC Berkeley 30-year longitudinal study examined students’ smiles from an old yearbook. Researchers measured their happiness and success throughout their lives. They found that the widest smilers consistently ranked highest in overall happiness and success throughout the 30 year period.
  • Put Down That Mascara: Orbit Complete conducted a study that showed 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile barefaced than when they are wearing makeup and not smiling.
  • Hit a Homerun: A 2010 Wayne State University research project looked into baseball card photos from 1952’s MLB players. Consistently, they found the span of a player’s smile actually predicted how long they would live. Non-smiling players averaged 72.9 years, where players with big smiles lived an average of 79.9 years.
  • Smile Varietals: Did you know there are 19 distinct types of smiles? A UCSF researcher found 19 types of smiles which fell into two categories: polite “social” smiles and sincere “felt” smiles. The sincere smiles utilized a greater amount of facial muscles than the polite smiles.
  • Commonly Seen Grinning: Smiling is a culturally universal means of communicating. It also is a super frequent one. Over 30% of people smile more than 20 times per day. Not surprisingly, kids smile the most with grins coming in at up to 400 times per day!
  • A Happy Contagion: In two separate studies conducted by a Swedish University, researchers found that when people see someone else smile they have less control over their own facial muscles and are more prone to smile as a result. Why? Scientists believe it is an evolutionary reality within our biology to return a smile. It's so ingrained that it happens with strangers too, even if we have no intention of socially engaging with that person.
  • That Grin Looks Good: A study performed by Penn State confirmed that when we smile we not only appear more likable, but we are also perceived to be more competent. Something to think about when you’re stressed at work and see your boss.
New

Learn More

Related Articles

  • What's the Difference Between Clear Aligners and Retainers?

    What's the Difference Between Clear Aligners and Retainers?

    On the surface, aligners and retainers seem pretty similar. Both are made of clear plastic and used for orthodontic treatment. However, they have two different goals — aligners are meant to move your teeth into new positions, while retainers keep your teeth in their final...

    Read More
  • How to Clean ClearCorrect Aligners

    How to Clean ClearCorrect Aligners

    Aligners are excellent alternatives to traditional wire braces. They discreetly straighten your smile, allow you to maintain your oral health more easily, and don't come with any food or drink restrictions. Because ClearCorrect aligners stay in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day,...

    Read More
  • Aligner Guide for New Users: Everything You Need to Know as a New Aligner Wearer

    Aligner Guide for New Users: Everything You Need to Know as a New Aligner Wearer

    Clear aligners have emerged as an exciting alternative to traditional braces. Brands such as Invisalign offer the benefits of straighter teeth with the addition of a discreet appearance to fit any lifestyle. You can enjoy more freedom when wearing clear aligners, and you can smile...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • How to Get Rid of Yellow Staining From Braces

    How to Get Rid of Yellow Staining From Braces

    The moment your braces come off is a major high point in your life. You've spent a lot of time waiting and working to achieve the straight teeth and radiant smile you've always dreamed of. But sometimes when the braces come off, your smile isn't quite...

    Read More
  • 12 Tips for New Invisalign Users

    12 Tips for New Invisalign Users

    Welcome to the world of Invisalign aligners! You've taken the next step toward straighter teeth and a more confident smile by subscribing to Invisalign treatment. But this is only the beginning. You'll be spending the next several months to a year wearing your aligners, and...

    Read More
  • How to Brush Your Teeth With Aligners

    How to Brush Your Teeth With Aligners

    Clear aligners are convenient and discreet ways to help straighten your smile. You can remove them whenever you need to, and they're more comfortable than traditional metal braces. It's essential to take care of your teeth, and while making sure they're straight is one way...

    Read More
  • The Facts on Funk: Why Is My Clear Aligner Yellow?

    The Facts on Funk: Why Is My Clear Aligner Yellow?

    You got clear aligners so that no one would notice them, but your invisible aligners are only invisible if they stay clear. Many things can stain your aligners or lead to your retainer turning yellow. Certain foods, such as dark-colored berries or sugary chocolates can lead...

    Read More
  • Navigating Contact Sports and Aligners

    Navigating Contact Sports and Aligners

    As an athlete, you have a lot on your mind when you're on the field or court. You're thinking about your opponent's next move, memorizing plays and doing everything you can to win. You don't want your teeth or aligners taking up valuable thought space...

    Read More
  • The Science Behind Teeth Movement

    The Science Behind Teeth Movement

    Many people experience a moment where they notice something new about their physical appearance. This is especially true with teeth. You could smile at yourself in the mirror and realize that things are different than they were last time you checked. "Was that gap always...

    Read More
  • How to Get Rid of Aligner Smell

    How to Get Rid of Aligner Smell

    As a user of clear plastic aligners, you care about your teeth, and you want your smile to look great. The clear plastic makes the process discreet so you can wear your aligners with confidence while hanging out with friends and family or meeting people...

    Read More
  • Why Do Aligners and Retainers Get Holes?

    Why Do Aligners and Retainers Get Holes?

    You wear your aligners almost all day, so it's not surprising that they can become damaged. But, why do aligners and retainers get holes and other damage? There are a few different ways this can happen. Take a look at the guide below to learn...

    Read More
  • Why Do Teeth Come in Crooked?

    Why Do Teeth Come in Crooked?

    If you've ever looked at your smile in the mirror and noticed misaligned teeth, you've probably wondered why teeth come in crooked. Is there any way to correct this issue? Luckily, you have a few options for fixing your smile, but there are even more...

    Read More
  • Can Aligners and Retainers Lead to Cavities?

    Can Aligners and Retainers Lead to Cavities?

    Proper dental care is key to a healthy, happy smile. From a young age, people practice oral hygiene to reduce their risk of cavities and take care of their teeth. If you've started using aligners or retainers, you might be wondering how they affect your...

    Read More
  • Can You Use Your Aligner as a Whitening Tray?

    Can You Use Your Aligner as a Whitening Tray?

    Clear aligner trays are a convenient way to straighten your teeth without the hassle or appearance of standard aligners like braces. With clear aligners like the ones available from Invisalign, you can smile with confidence, knowing your teeth look great. You care about getting straighter...

    Read More
  • How to Clean Candid Co Aligners

    How to Clean Candid Co Aligners

    Candid aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth with confidence. Clear aligners from Candid let you smile more and worry less about your appearance since they're discreet compared to traditional aligners like braces. Some of your friends might not even notice you're wearing...

    Read More
  • Invisalign 101 - When and How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligner

    Invisalign 101 - When and How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligner

    Invisalign is a modern-day blessing. Before the days of clear tooth aligners, many of us had middle-school nightmares of banded braces and all the associated complications — food stuck in brackets, yellowing teeth and a metallic smile. Believe it or not, Invisalign comes with similar...

    Read More
  • Guide to Wearing Aligners

    Guide to Wearing Aligners

    Braces are often considered an inconvenient, but necessary, rite of passage for children and young teens as they seek to correct crooked teeth and bite issues that may negatively impact oral health later on. While braces are common in childhood, the American Association of Orthodontists states one...

    Read More
  • How to Make Your Smile Last After Aligner (and Braces) Treatment

    How to Make Your Smile Last After Aligner (and Braces) Treatment

    You did it! You finally finished your aligner treatment. It's the moment you've been waiting for since before you got your first set of aligners.  First of all, congratulations. The journey has not been easy, and we're happy you finally made it to the end...

    Read More
  • What's the Difference Between Clear Aligners and Retainers?

    What's the Difference Between Clear Aligners and Retainers?

    On the surface, aligners and retainers seem pretty similar. Both are made of clear plastic and used for orthodontic treatment. However, they have two different goals — aligners are meant to move your teeth into new positions, while retainers keep your teeth in their final...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • How to Get Rid of Yellow Staining From Braces

    How to Get Rid of Yellow Staining From Braces

    The moment your braces come off is a major high point in your life. You've spent a lot of time waiting and working to achieve the straight teeth and radiant smile you've always dreamed of. But sometimes when the braces come off, your smile isn't quite...

    Read More
  • The Science Behind Teeth Movement

    The Science Behind Teeth Movement

    Many people experience a moment where they notice something new about their physical appearance. This is especially true with teeth. You could smile at yourself in the mirror and realize that things are different than they were last time you checked. "Was that gap always...

    Read More
  • Why Do Teeth Come in Crooked?

    Why Do Teeth Come in Crooked?

    If you've ever looked at your smile in the mirror and noticed misaligned teeth, you've probably wondered why teeth come in crooked. Is there any way to correct this issue? Luckily, you have a few options for fixing your smile, but there are even more...

    Read More
  • Wearing a Retainer After Braces: What You Need to Know

    Wearing a Retainer After Braces: What You Need to Know

    Getting a retainer is the last step in your orthodontic treatment. But why do you need to wear a retainer after braces? Once your braces are taken off, your teeth will start to shift slightly. Wearing a retainer holds your teeth in place so they can...

    Read More
  • How to Whiten Your Teeth When You Have Braces

    How to Whiten Your Teeth When You Have Braces

    Once you have your braces removed, you'll realize how rewarding of an experience it was. The pain and food restrictions pay off as you look in the mirror and see a straight, metal-free smile beaming back at you. To make that moment even better, consider...

    Read More
  • Dental Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants — Which Is Best?

    Dental Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants — Which Is Best?

    If you've ever thought about replacing a missing tooth or trading in your uncomfortable dentures, then you've probably considered your options — dental crowns, bridges or implants. So what's the difference between the three?  Dental implants, crowns and bridges are relatively similar as they replace...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • How to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

    How to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

    A peri-implant disease happens when bacteria buildup leads to inflammation around soft and hard gum tissues. These diseases specifically involve dental implants, and there are two classifications: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Here's a look at how to prevent peri-implantitis, as well as information on causes...

    Read More
  • Dental Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants — Which Is Best?

    Dental Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants — Which Is Best?

    If you've ever thought about replacing a missing tooth or trading in your uncomfortable dentures, then you've probably considered your options — dental crowns, bridges or implants. So what's the difference between the three?  Dental implants, crowns and bridges are relatively similar as they replace...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • How to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

    How to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

    A peri-implant disease happens when bacteria buildup leads to inflammation around soft and hard gum tissues. These diseases specifically involve dental implants, and there are two classifications: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Here's a look at how to prevent peri-implantitis, as well as information on causes...

    Read More
  • Top Reasons You Shouldn't Sleep With Dentures

    Top Reasons You Shouldn't Sleep With Dentures

    Perhaps it's been a long day, and you're tired. Or, maybe you don't like to be without teeth. What's the harm in leaving your dentures in overnight? There's a reason your dentist recommends removing your dentures for at least five to six hours per day and...

    Read More
  • Are My Dentures Causing Bad Breath?

    Are My Dentures Causing Bad Breath?

    Dentures can change your life. They're important to your ability to chew, and they give you a killer smile. The only downside? They might cause bad breath. Both permanent and removable dentures are notorious for their ability to cause denture breath, but we can help...

    Read More
  • How to Clean and Care for Partial Dentures

    How to Clean and Care for Partial Dentures

    When you think of dentures, you might have visions of your grandma's full set soaking in a glass on her nightstand. But dentures aren't just for the old and toothless. Tooth loss can happen for a lot of reasons to people of all ages, and...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • Guide to Keeping Your Dentures Fresh

    Guide to Keeping Your Dentures Fresh

    If you're one of over 40 million people in America who wears dentures, you probably wonder how you can keep your dentures fresh and clean. From the right methods to the best cleaners, there's a lot to consider. But with proper denture care, you'll keep...

    Read More
  • 4 Tips and Tricks for New Denture Wearers

    4 Tips and Tricks for New Denture Wearers

    Have you recently gotten dentures? These dental prosthetics can improve your mouth's overall structure and let you restore your smile, but it's often an adjustment when you first wear them. That's why it's important to note a few denture tips and tricks to help you...

    Read More
  • How to Clean Implant-Supported Dentures

    How to Clean Implant-Supported Dentures

    Implant-supported dentures offer many advantages if you need tooth replacement. They are sturdy and stay in the right place, making it easier for you to eat and carry on with your regular activities. Many times, you may even forget you are wearing them.  Correctly caring...

    Read More
  • Can Dental Implants Get Cavities?

    Can Dental Implants Get Cavities?

    If you have dental implants, it's normal to have a few questions. In fact, many people with dental implants contact their dentists with the same frequently asked questions, like if dental implants can get cavities. Dental implants do not get cavities. But, there are other...

    Read More
  • Dental Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants — Which Is Best?

    Dental Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants — Which Is Best?

    If you've ever thought about replacing a missing tooth or trading in your uncomfortable dentures, then you've probably considered your options — dental crowns, bridges or implants. So what's the difference between the three?  Dental implants, crowns and bridges are relatively similar as they replace...

    Read More
  • Tips for Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

    Tips for Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

    Dental implants can have a huge positive impact on your smile and the quality of your life. That said, the procedure is an oral surgery that requires specific post-surgical care for proper healing. Your doctor will help guide you through the recovery process with instructions...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • Fact or Fiction: Veneers Hurt?

    Fact or Fiction: Veneers Hurt?

    People choose to get dental veneers to make their front teeth look straighter and whiter for a more confident smile. Getting veneers involves a low-impact dental procedure, and many people have questions about the process. Do veneers hurt afterward? Are there any problems with veneers...

    Read More
  • How to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

    How to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

    A peri-implant disease happens when bacteria buildup leads to inflammation around soft and hard gum tissues. These diseases specifically involve dental implants, and there are two classifications: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Here's a look at how to prevent peri-implantitis, as well as information on causes...

    Read More
  • How to Clean Implant-Supported Dentures

    How to Clean Implant-Supported Dentures

    Implant-supported dentures offer many advantages if you need tooth replacement. They are sturdy and stay in the right place, making it easier for you to eat and carry on with your regular activities. Many times, you may even forget you are wearing them.  Correctly caring...

    Read More
  • How to Care for Dental Implants

    How to Care for Dental Implants

    Whether you have a single implant or overdentures, you need to know how to care for your implants to prevent oral hygiene problems. Bad oral health is connected to heart disease and digestion problems like candida. Well-cared-for implants will last longer and have fewer problems...

    Read More
  • What's the Difference Between Clear Aligners and Retainers?

    What's the Difference Between Clear Aligners and Retainers?

    On the surface, aligners and retainers seem pretty similar. Both are made of clear plastic and used for orthodontic treatment. However, they have two different goals — aligners are meant to move your teeth into new positions, while retainers keep your teeth in their final...

    Read More
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Wearing a Retainer

    The Do's and Don'ts of Wearing a Retainer

    You should always follow your dentist's directions for wearing a retainer to ensure the investment you put into having a straight smile lasts for years to come. Adhering to the do's and don'ts of wearing a retainer is vital to keeping your teeth straight and...

    Read More
  • 14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    14 Tips for a Healthier Smile

    A smile is often one of the first things people notice about us, and many people take great pride in having an attractive smile. However, the importance of having a healthy smile goes beyond mere appearances. The health of our teeth and gums is directly tied...

    Read More
  • How to Get Rid of Yellow Staining From Braces

    How to Get Rid of Yellow Staining From Braces

    The moment your braces come off is a major high point in your life. You've spent a lot of time waiting and working to achieve the straight teeth and radiant smile you've always dreamed of. But sometimes when the braces come off, your smile isn't quite...

    Read More
  • How to Preserve Your Clear Retainers

    How to Preserve Your Clear Retainers

    Retainers are vital for straightening your smile. Even when you're done with aligners or braces, your retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back into their misaligned positions. Because these appliances are essential, it's useful to know how to preserve your clear retainers. You'll help them...

    Read More
  • The Science Behind Teeth Movement

    The Science Behind Teeth Movement

    Many people experience a moment where they notice something new about their physical appearance. This is especially true with teeth. You could smile at yourself in the mirror and realize that things are different than they were last time you checked. "Was that gap always...

    Read More
  • How to Get Rid of Aligner Smell

    How to Get Rid of Aligner Smell

    As a user of clear plastic aligners, you care about your teeth, and you want your smile to look great. The clear plastic makes the process discreet so you can wear your aligners with confidence while hanging out with friends and family or meeting people...

    Read More
  • Why Do Aligners and Retainers Get Holes?

    Why Do Aligners and Retainers Get Holes?

    You wear your aligners almost all day, so it's not surprising that they can become damaged. But, why do aligners and retainers get holes and other damage? There are a few different ways this can happen. Take a look at the guide below to learn...

    Read More
  • How to Clean Plastic Retainers

    How to Clean Plastic Retainers

    Retainers are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Aligners do the heavy lifting by moving your teeth into a straighter position, but retainers are the devices that keep them from shifting back. Your teeth have a muscle memory that makes them want to go...

    Read More
  • Can Aligners and Retainers Lead to Cavities?

    Can Aligners and Retainers Lead to Cavities?

    Proper dental care is key to a healthy, happy smile. From a young age, people practice oral hygiene to reduce their risk of cavities and take care of their teeth. If you've started using aligners or retainers, you might be wondering how they affect your...

    Read More
  • Wearing a Retainer After Braces: What You Need to Know

    Wearing a Retainer After Braces: What You Need to Know

    Getting a retainer is the last step in your orthodontic treatment. But why do you need to wear a retainer after braces? Once your braces are taken off, your teeth will start to shift slightly. Wearing a retainer holds your teeth in place so they can...

    Read More
  • How to Make Your Smile Last After Aligner (and Braces) Treatment

    How to Make Your Smile Last After Aligner (and Braces) Treatment

    You did it! You finally finished your aligner treatment. It's the moment you've been waiting for since before you got your first set of aligners.  First of all, congratulations. The journey has not been easy, and we're happy you finally made it to the end...

    Read More