Did you know that scientists research the smile? They do, and they differentiate between two main smile types: the Duchenne smile and the non-Duchenne smile. These smile types are named after a French neurologist named Duchenne de Boulogne, who founded the study of smiles. Each smile has a different purpose, and the type that appears more often on a person’s face may say something about his or her longevity and marital bliss.
Differentiating Duchenne and Non-Duchenne
The main physical difference between the Duchenne and non-Duchenne smiles is the involvement of muscles around the eyes. The Duchenne smile engages these muscles while the non-Duchenne does not. However, the purpose behind each smile is also different. The Duchenne smile is a smile of positivity. It expresses happiness and joy and often occurs during laughter. The non-Duchenne smile is used as an appeasement for others. It may even come across as fake.
But why bother differentiating between Duchenne and non-Duchenne at all. Well, recent research has correlated the Duchenne smile with a longer lifespan and lower divorce rates. So the type of smile that appears most often on your face may have a powerful affect on the quality and length of your life.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Your Smile
Knowing just how powerful the smile is, it has never been more important to be happy with the appearance of your teeth. Nothing could keep a Duchenne smile at bay easier than self-consciousness about your teeth. So if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, turn to Dr. Staten for help. She offers a variety of procedures that can improve the appearance of your teeth and give you aradiant smile, and chances are that your new radiant smile will be of the Duchenne variety.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Staten
If your teeth are keeping you from smiling, schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Staten – contact our office by calling 702-736-7979.