Maintain good oral hygiene. One thing that can cause you to fear smiling is the worry that there is something stuck between your teeth, or that you have bad breath. Eliminate these sources of worry by taking active steps to keep your mouth fresh and clean.
- Brush your teeth and tongue regularly, carry floss with you wherever you go so that you can clean up after dining, and have breath freshener on you at all times (natural or commercial).
- See your dentist regularly for teeth check-ups and cleaning, as well as discussing options for teeth straightening or other treatments if this is a concern for you. When you smile people will inevitably look at your mouth, so following these considerations
- A genuine smile comes from being happy, positive, and from drawing your feelings from the heart. Be happy that things are going well for the person you’re talking to, that someone’s joke is funny, that the sun is out, or that you’re about to eat your favorite food. There are lots of reasons to be happy, and to smile!
- Even when you aren’t feeling cheerful, you can still find reasons to smile. Focus on the positive things that are going on in your life. Your mood will lift and it will feel easier to smile.
- will help you make a better impression, and, more importantly, a healthy mouth will make you feel more confident about smiling.
- If your teeth are stained, consider your lifestyle habits that bring this about and try to minimize the impacts of such habits as smoking or drinking too much red wine, coffee, soft drinks, etc. You can also get them whitened if that will improve your confidence.
- Keep your lips in great shape to prevent chapping.
- Deal with bad breath. If it’s surface, cleaning and fresheners should be adequate. If these do not work, it may be a sign of an underlying health problem, so see your doctor for advice.
A wholehearted smile will naturally draw in the eyes. This natural smile is called a Duchenne smile. It’s not something you can fake; when you’re forced to smile for photos, your eyes don’t smile. It’s only when you truly feel like smiling that you flash a Duchenne. The eyes are essential for a genuine, warm smile.
- To get a feel for how to make your eyes smile, stand in front of a mirror and practice smiling, but concentrate only on your eyes. You may find it helpful to cover the lower part of your face with a piece of paper. Play around with it a bit, and you’ll find that you can make your mouth smile when your eyes aren’t smiling, and you can also smile only with your eyes.