NEW BEAUTY’s Internet magazine, DAILY BEAUTY, poses thought provoking questions to their readers. Recently, they sought comments on an article by Brenna Fisher suggesting that faking a smile negatively affects a person’s mood. Dr. Thomas J. Balshi, DDS, FACP and advisor to NEW BEAUTY was among the dental specialists adding his own brush stroke.
Balshi, a board certified prosthodontist and founder of the Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania states: “When one has an exquisite smile to share with the world, using it gives the individual pleasure in every circumstance. In a positive situation it will give greater satisfaction, but even when faked, there is still a modicum of self-worth exhibited by displaying one of humanity’s most underrated assets—a healthy smile. Conversely, when one has a smile that is flawed, each time it is used there could be some emotional discomfort in the display. A hearty laugh could perhaps balance the negative impact of a poor smile, but faking a smile would be a double whammy. We all strive to remove negative impact from everyday life. Teeth in a Day™ dental implant reconstructions make that privileged self-esteem-booster smile available to everyone in a matter of hours.”
A recent Michigan University study found that moods are often low in customer service agents who routinely force smiles and pleasant conversation. These people tend to demonstrate lower job productivity than employees whose smiles emerge from positive thinking.
Among Dr. Balshi's favorite patients is the chief academic officer of a very prestigious hospital. Before his smile reconstruction, he had to work hard at producing a closed mouth grin. A former boss told him he intimidated people and needed to smile more. Post-operatively, his smile lights up a very welcoming face.
"Your expertise has made me feel better emotionally and physically. Some men get a Porsche when they have their mid-life crisis. I got teeth. After my children's college tuition, this is the best money I have spent." JCR, M.D, M.Ed., FACS
The smile is a very complex entity, far more intertwined with overall physical and emotional health than we may expect.