The Surprising Correlation Between Your Smile and Success

Correlation, Smile, Success, Glow Orthodontics

Nothing makes you feel better than knowing your teeth look great and you can smile with confidence. But did you know that a bright smile also improves your chances of being successful in your social, personal, and work life?

After receiving orthodontic treatment, many patients tell the team at Glow Orthodontics how improving their teeth freed them to smile and socialize again, and they aren’t alone. Their experience is backed by research showing there’s a correlation between your smile and success.

Great smiles make great first impressions.

You probably don’t need scientific research to prove that a great smile makes a better first impression; chances are you’re familiar with that phenomenon from your own experience. You know how you react to meeting someone who’s smiling compared to a person who approaches you with a grumpy-looking frown.

Still, numerous studies reinforce what you already know. Their results show that you’re better-looking when you smile and that others treat you differently depending on your smile.

Simply put, you make a better first impression when you make eye contact and smile. And that counts in your social and work life. Whether you’re going to a new school, a job interview, or meeting a new friend, the impression your smile makes factors heavily into your success.

Genuine smiles reflect desirable traits.

A genuine smile, one that involves the muscles in your mouth and eyes, reflects character traits that work in your favor with bosses, coworkers, and friends.

Others respond more positively toward you when you smile because a genuine smile shows you’re confident, competent, and friendly. A bright smile encourages others to trust you, which boosts your success. People with a genuine smile may even have higher earning opportunities.

Smiles, happiness, and the path to success

There’s another connection between your smile and your overall success in life: When you genuinely smile, biochemicals like endorphins are released in your brain, which makes you feel better and reduces stress.

Smiling also triggers the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which lifts your mood and makes you feel happy. Your relaxed and happy demeanor are the connection to success. Studies show that happy people are more likely to be successful in marriage, friendship, income, and work performance.

Smiles are associated with marriage success.

Your smile may predict your success in marriage. The strength of a person’s smile in their college yearbook photo, and even in childhood photos, is associated with a successful marriage. Those who are smiling and look happy in earlier photos are significantly less likely to get a divorce.

Here’s a question: Does the appearance of your teeth prevent you from smiling? If so, then your orthodontic problems are interfering with success in all aspects of life.


The team at Glow Orthodontics can help with cosmetic treatments that will make you happy to smile again. To learn more, call the office, or book an appointment online.

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