Did You Know That Smiling Keeps You Healthier?

Many people who have issues with their oral health and the appearance of their teeth struggle with their self-esteem. On the other hand, when you have a beautiful smile it can do wonders for your self-confidence. Harrell Dental Implant Center offers exceptional smile solutions to patients from all across the greater Charlotte area. If one or more of your teeth is cracked, damaged or missing due to disease or injury, the HDIC team can totally restore your smile with dental implants.

Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant:

  • First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
  • Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.

Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.) More details at Mouth Healthy


Our warm and inviting dental clinic offers leading-edge technology designed to minimize your chair time and get you back doing the things you enjoy. We offer a complete array of dental implant therapy, including single dental implants, All-on-4 complete arches, denture stabilization and implant bridges. Our facility is able to help clients who need to address bone loss or other pre-requisite dental work ahead of their implant schedule. Dr. Robert Harrell and his skilled staff will thoroughly discuss your needs and options during your initial consultation. You will leave with a clear understanding of what will happen before, during and after your dental implant procedure. At HDIC, education is a vital component to patients’ healing and overall success rate.

The Science of Smiling

Flashing a gleaming smile does more than visually communicate to others that you are happy. It actually has a bio-chemical affect on the way you feel and how you interact with the world. You can learn more about this in a fascinating article from Psychology Today, that’s excerpted here:

How Smiling Affects Your Brain

Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.

For starters, smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress (3). Neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate. They facilitate messaging to the whole body when we are happy, sad, angry, depressed, excited. The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well (4). This not only relaxes your body, but it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

The endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever – 100% organically and without the potential negative side effects of synthetic concoctions (4).

Finally, the serotonin release brought on by your smile serves as an anti-depressant/mood lifter (5). Many of today’s pharmaceutical anti-depressants also influence the levels of serotonin in your brain, but with a smile, you again don’t have to worry about negative side effects – and you don’t need a prescription from your doctor.

How Smiling Affects Your Body

You’re actually better looking when you smile – and I’m not just trying to butter you up. When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.

It also explains the 2011 findings by researchers at the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Subjects were asked to rate smiling and attractiveness. They found that both men and women were more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled than those who did not (6). Continue reading at Psychology Today