woman smiling looking upDid you know that there are two types of smiles and that each has its own purpose? The study of smiles began with a French neurologist named Duchenne de Boulogne, and the two types of smiles are named after him. These smile types are called the Duchenne smile and the non-Duchenne smile, and one of these smiles has been associated with greater longevity and lower divorce rates. Here to differentiate between these smile types is your Brighton dentist, Dr. Thomas Villani.

The Duchenne Smile

A Duchenne smile can be differentiated from a non-Duchenne smile by the involvement of muscles around the eyes. Duchenne smiles are used to express emotions of enjoyment and are often seen during laughter. People who smile Duchenne smiles frequently may even live longer and experience happier marriages according to recent research.

The Non-Duchenne Smile

The non-Duchenne smile is more of an appeasement smile and does not involve the muscles around the eyes. People use the non-Duchenne smile to placate someone else rather than to express emotion. Have you ever been in a situation that required you to smile even though you weren’t feeling particularly happy? Chances are that was a non-Duchenne smile you were wearing.

The Smile Types and Your Teeth

It is sometimes easy to overlook just how powerful a smile can be, but if research is showing that the type of smile you wear can affect your longevity and your marriage, it’s no longer a secret that taking care of your smile is important. But if your teeth are a source of embarrassment, you probably aren’t enjoying the benefits of frequent Duchenne smiles. Thankfully, your Brighton dentist, Dr. Villani, can perform a variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams and reap the benefits of a beautiful Duchenne smile.

Schedule a Visit with Your Brighton Dentist

Whatever your dental concerns, whether they are cosmetic, restorative, or preventive, your Brighton dentist, Dr. Villani, can help. Call Brighton Family Dental Group at (617) 562-5210 to schedule an appointment or a consultation today. We proudly serve patients from Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Brighton, and the 02135 area.