In our last blog, we covered the power of a smile. Today I want to share some interesting facts about smiling, and my own observations about the ‘smile styles’ I see around Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.
Through the years, I’ve come across fascinating studies— including how the width and style of a person’s smile in old school photos is a predictor of how happy that person will be in their marriage.* Or, how the length of a teenager’s grin correlates to how much money he or she will earn in the future. There was even one study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (1988) that revealed something of a different nature: that those of privilege and power smiled the widest, but only when they felt like smiling; while those with “less social power” smiled less intensely, but more often out of cultural upbringing and obligation.
All of this begs the question: What is your smile style?
It’s fun to think about, so I’ve compiled a short list of the most popular styles that I see on a daily basis. Each one of them is beautiful in their own way— but only when they are genuine.
Think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Full, wide, luminous— 100% confident. If you have the potential for this kind of smile but are refraining because your teeth are crooked, come into our office immediately!
This is more like Tom Hanks than Tom Cruise. More Rachel McAdams girl-next-door, than a sexy starlet. It comes with a free spirited, good-will-for-all attitude. The world can use more smiles like this one. I can help.
‘I’ve Got a Secret’
Mysterious and alluring. While minimal teeth show during this type of smile, it is perhaps the most intriguing of all. If this is your smile style, you may not need straighter teeth —but wouldn’t it be nice to have them just incase you are tickled?
Wide-eyed with bright ideas, your smile is contagious. It radiates hope, casting a spell on those around while extinguishing the doubt and pessimism of others. We all want to see more of these smiles around New York, right?
Sly Devil (Bad Boy/Girl)
Dangerous! This means trouble. This is the ex-boyfriend or girlfriend who every instinct told you to avoid… but they were too charming and charismatic to resist. Similar to the ‘I’ve got a secret smile,’ not a lot of teeth show— but when they do, don’t risk breaking the spell with crooked teeth.
Doctor Invisalign to the rescue!
How often you smile is most directly related to how happy you are and how confident you feel about your smile and your teeth. While I’m not looking to alter your smile style, I can help you optimize it to your best advantage. As an experienced orthodontist and top provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, I’ll help you uncover your most amazing smile. So schedule an appointment today, and let’s see if we agree on your signature smile style : )
With locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are at your service— and convenience. Contact us today to schedule a consult with Dr Azariy. Or, for a faster response, call us at 718-275-3200.
* April 5 issue of the journal Motivation and Emotion, April 5, 2009