When it comes to likeable actors, Concord, CA-born Oscar award-winning actor Tom Hanks typically springs to mind. Perhaps the one quality that makes people like him is that he’s always ready to display a winning, genuine smile to his fans. However, Adoree Durayappah of Psychology Today notes that some factors prevent some people from smiling sincerely.
When a patient with damage to the motor cortex on the brain’s left hemisphere attempts to smile, the smile is asymmetrical, with the right side of the smile not moving as it should. However, when that same patient spontaneously laughs, the smile is normal with no asymmetry. This means that the genuine smile is controlled by some other part of the brain.
Now, when a patient with damage to the anterior cingulate (part of the limbic system) in the left hemisphere attempts to smile, there is no asymmetry. The smile is normal. However, when that same patient tries to smile spontaneously, the asymmetry appears.
Thus, the Say Cheese smile is controlled by the motor cortex while emotion-related movements, like the Duchenne smile, is controlled by the limbic system (the emotional center of the brain).
At other times, however, some people may be willing to show a sincere smile except that they have teeth problems that make them hesitant about it. Thus, unlike Tom Hanks, they come off as standoffish to some people even when they don’t really mean to and thus turn people away instead of attracting them. Fortunately, they can say goodbye to these troubles with the help of a reliable Concord dentist.
People with flawed teeth don’t have to endure their condition for long when they find a dentist in Concord who can provide them with a wide variety of dental treatments— from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Missing teeth can be corrected through dentures or bridges, and discolored or stained teeth can be restored to their natural pearl color through bleaching treatments. People with worn down or misaligned teeth can opt for veneers, one of the most popular reasons behind the million-dollar smiles of many Hollywood stars these days.
It’s human nature to be drawn to people who are likeable and in good spirits. However, people with teeth problems may have a hard time accomplishing this simply because they avoid smiling. Fortunately, with help from trustworthy dentists like Dr. Kent Davis and his team at Dr. Kent Davis Dentistry, people have a chance to restore their smiles so they can finally smile like they mean it.
(Article Excerpt and Image from What Science Has to Say About Genuine vs. Fake Smiles, Psychologytoday.com, Published 5 January 2010)