Happy New Year, grinner. (Cue the confetti.) Research shows that about 60% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% of people achieve them. This year, rather than dropping your New Year’s resolution midway through January, set a resolution you’ll have no trouble keeping: Resolve to smile.
Smiling is so easy to do yet has so many benefits. Make 2021 the year of sharing the smiles. Besides getting to show off your new smile when we return to a world without masks, here are some reasons why a smile you’ll love will make 2021 the best year yet.
Nothing says confidence like a new smile. Studies have shown that smiling can boost your mood on the spot. Plus, people who smile tend to be (or at least appear to be) more confident. SmileDirectClub aligners straighten most smiles in an average of just 4-6 months, so you could be showing off your confident new grin by summer.
Another top New Year’s resolution is to save more money and spend less. Good news for you and your wallet: SmileDirectClub is up to 60% less than traditional braces. Your insurance may help cover treatment, too.
Wearing aligners holds you accountable when it comes to brushing and flossing after every meal and snack, making it a part of your everyday life. By the time you’re done with treatment, brushing and flossing more will be a part of your routine that will be no sweat to maintain. You’ll also have even more reason to keep up on scheduling your 6-month cleanings with your local dentist.
Your dental hygiene will obviously improve with all that brushing and flossing, but there are even more ways you’ll be healthier thanks to your new gorgeous grin. Since you must remove your aligners every time you eat and drink anything other than cool water, you’ll practice more mindful eating by default. Say goodbye to excessive snacking, and use this as an opportunity to plan out healthy snacks and meals. Other popular resolutions are quitting smoking and drinking less – both common side effects of wearing aligners, since you can’t smoke or drink alcohol while wearing aligners.
Want to make a good first impression? Smile. Forty-eight percent of adults say a smile is the most memorable feature when they first meet someone, according to a study from Kelton Global. Plus, people who smile appear more likable, courteous, and competent. Go ahead and smile during interviews and job negotiations, smile during that big presentation at work, and smile during your next coffee date. You’ll set yourself up for success without even thinking about it.
Smiling is contagious, after all. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found that it’s hard to frown when looking at someone else’s smile. We all want to smile – if you’re smiling at someone, they’re likely to smile back. So go on, grinner. Share the smiles, confidence, and happiness with others this year. We guarantee that’s a resolution you’ll want to stick to.
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