Many people may not appreciate the power of their smiles. Especially those who hide their smile because they lack confidence about its appearance may not understand that hiding their smile affects others, too.

But it’s true: your smile has the power to make the world a better place, if we can only find the confidence to share it.

Make the World a Better Place

As part of a promotion, Dignity Health, a healthcare network that includes doctors in several Western states, including Nevada, surveyed over 1000 Americans about their smiles.

Nearly 90% asserted that the world would be a better place if we smiled at strangers every day. But maybe you’re not worried about the world. Maybe it’s your community that you’re concerned about. Well, almost as many–a full 84% of respondents–said that our communities would be healthier if we smiled at strangers.

Why does smiling have such a potential for improving the world? That’s easy: 96% of people said that seeing a smile makes them happier, probably because it makes them smile. Most people agree that seeing a smile of a loved one gives the biggest boost in your mood, but 60% of respondents said that even a stranger’s smile could make them feel happier.

And two-thirds of people (67%) said that even taking a smiling selfie would improve their mood.

Helping Your Health, too

People also find that smiling is important for their health, too. Your smile can have a direct impact on your physical and mental health, according to 89% of respondents. And 84% said that smiling worked as an effective stress reliever for them.

And even if they’re sick, more than half of respondents (54%) said that smiling made them feel better.

Are You Ready to Share Your Smile?

For some people, smiling comes easy. Whenever they feel the inclination to smile, it happens naturally. They can even voluntarily bring up a social smile whenever they want one. But for others smiling isn’t such an easy thing to do. They may be reluctant to smile, and when they do, they quickly stifle it.

That’s because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their smile. People who don’t like the appearance of their smile tend to smile less, and as a result, they don’t enjoy the benefits of smiling. Even worse, those around them also suffer for the lack of smiles. Since it’s the people closest to you that are most likely to enjoy the benefits of your smile, they’re the ones that feel the lack the most, too.

Fortunately, though, you don’t have to live with an unattractive smile if you don’t want to. Instead, we can talk about cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help give you a beautiful smile that you will be happy to share–and others will be happy to see.

In a consultation with Las Vegas cosmetic dentist Dr. James B. Polley, you can design a custom smile makeover, and then you’ll be able to unleash the power of your smile on the world–or, at least, your small corner of it.