Instinctively, we all know the power of a wonderful smile. But research from the US now suggests that the British smile itself can be something to smile about.
Psychologist Dacher Keltner has analysed US and UK smiles and the 43 facial muscles used to produce them.
He found such sharp differences between the way Americans and Brits smile that researchers could spot the difference accurately over 90% of the time.
The British smile by pulling the lips back and upwards, exposing the lower teeth, whilst Americans part their lips and stretch the corners of their mouths.
Brits are more likely to raise our cheeks when we smile, showing crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes – giving rise to a more sincere smile, which is harder to fake.
The most representative British smile was considered to be restrained but dignified – which the scientists have titled ‘The Prince Charles’.
Most US smiles by contrast are far less expressive!
So, Brits may have a head start in the global smile league, but too often we throw our advantage away through poor oral hygiene and stained teeth. Fortunately things may be changing!
Dr Harvey Grahame, clinical director of Smilepod, the UK revolutionary walk-in hygiene service, says: ‘Thanks to our obsession with film and TV stars, most of the people who visit Smilepod are looking for a nicer genuine smile.
‘Smilepod concentrates on those key treatments people really want – cleaner, whiter and straighter teeth in really convenient locations with life friendly times and a customer friendly people.’’
So how can you achieve a smile which keeps Britain at the top of the world smile charts?
Cleaning: The High Gloss Diamond Polish available at Smilepod’s London studios will restore your teeth to sparkling cleanliness and bring back their natural. Specialist services are also available for brace wearers and smokers.
Whiter teeth: Smilepod offers superb tooth whitening services both in studio and through at home treatment packages.
Straighter teeth: See the outcome not the treatment with Invisalign invisible braces – the aligners you wear that no one will ever notice.
All treatments are available at Smilepods in Covent Garden, The City and Canary Wharf. Smilepod is a fresh new initiative which brings high quality professional dental care to the high street in the form of walk-in studios geared to making customers look brilliant and feel brilliant.
There is no need for a referral from a dentist before you make an appointment – as all the treatments are carried out by dentists. What’s more there is no need to wait for treatment, you can book on line and have your treatment the same day.
For more information visit www.smilepod.co.uk.