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Beautiful, Confident Smiles

A smile is a beautiful thing. It’s a universal symbol of happiness. Have you ever noticed what happens when you smile at someone? We, at VanLaecken Orthodontics feel it is the most powerful and underrated gifts that you can give someone!

Every time you smile you not only make other people feel better about themselves, but, you are also raising your self-esteem and increasing your positive attitude without even trying! A smile has a magical, almost spiritual connection to our souls.  You can actually feel it deep inside when you smile and someone else smiles back at you.

So what exactly is a smile? The dictionary definition is: a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed. Whatever the definition is; Scientists have found that smiling on purpose can help people feel better. Just the simple act of putting a smile on your face can lead you to feel actual happiness, joy, or amusement. Take notice around you of who smiles and who doesn’t, it speaks much about a person.


Just because a person is an avid smiler doesn’t mean their life is perfect, but it does mean they enjoy sharing happiness with others. The avid smiler may be having a very difficult day, but you’ll still see them smile at you or others because they know the power it gives.

We believe a smile is your ability to control any moment, to change any attitude, to fill any room with happiness. A smile is the simplest solution, to our toughest days.  Even in your darkest moment, a smile can bring sunshine through the clouds.

If you’ve never experienced the powerful control of a smile, try it sometime, be an avid smiler.  Make eye contact with someone who appears to need a smile and then let them have it. And always remember “a smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.”


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