Farmington Hills Dentist Educates on Smiles

Smiling and RelaxedSmile for the camera. Smile at your friends. Say cheese. Show us the pearly whites. Turn that frown upside down. People think nothing of commanding others to smile. Though we should respect the state-of-minds of those around us, it’s natural to want to see the grins of the people we come in contact with. Smiles release endorphins, are contagious, and create a feeling of warmth and bonding. There is a way to fake a smile. You probably already know this. Have you ever posed for a photo and felt extremely unnatural? The picture will probably tell that same tale if inauthenticity. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will teach you more about the different types of smiles.

Types of Smiles

There are felt smiles, which are natural. There are posed smiles, which are put on. On that spectrum, most of us have six different smiles, and though it may sound like we’re naming dwarves from a Disney movie, these are actual smiles you have most likely flashed numerous times in your life. They are:

  • Genuine
  • The smirk
  • Friendly
  • Polite
  • Embarrassed
  • Playful

True or False Smiles

A genuine or felt smile is one that occurs naturally, when you are feeling happy, pleased, and joyful. There are posed or fake smiles that we learn to give when we’re not necessarily feeling a happy emotion, but a situation dictates a smile. This happens a lot in posed photographs, or when politicians are giving speeches, or celebrities are greeting fans and press from the red carpet. Many people get very good at matching their fake smiles to their felt smiles. How do you know if someone’s grin is genuine? The tell-tale way to identify a felt smile is the crinkle in someone’s eyes.

Consult with your Farmington Hills Dentist

If you avoid smiling because you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, you are missing out on one of the great gifts of life. If you would like to visit your Farmington Hills dentist for cosmetic dental consultation, or you are simply in need of a general dental checkup, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, and surrounding neighborhoods.