TAGG Talk: Power of a Smile

October 20, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about the importance and power of a smile? 

It’s really remarkable. When you see someone, tell a funny joke, look at your little kids, flirt with someone, or anything else, a smile is like art — it says a million words, without saying anything. Is it a smirk or a full-out grin? Seeing smiles are contagious, and infectious. Have you ever been in a tense or crappy situation and then someone… smiled? While I can naturally be short tempered (I think it’s my desire to accomplish 16 things in 4 minutes!), I try my best to always smile, particularly at those who are working — I can imagine they don’t get many smiles coming their way.


I remember when I didn’t always feel confident to give that big smile.

When I was young I had a space between my two front teeth. I hated it. I wasn’t cool like the iconic model, Lauren Hutton; I was chubby, moved around a bunch, and not at all self confident. I felt so awkward and that certainly didn’t help. Braces worked in the long run but who ever felt like showing off a mouth full of metal? Not this girl. If only you could see those mid-1990s Glamour Shots that I pray have been burned!

More recently, I had an frustrating smile moment that did more than impact my smile.

Without getting into too many dental details, I had the most agonizing few months in order to re-do a crown on a top molar I just had done last year. Ugh. Pain and time aside, my temporary crown would not stay in. I mean, nothing worked (and accidental sour gummies were only to blame once! :) ).  Before the permanent one went in, my dentist and I decided to just keep the temporary out so for nearly a week and a half, despite it being toward the back of my mouth, I felt so uncomfortable giving a big smile or laugh. And, it was crazy how it really impacted my whole self confidence. I didn’t want to smile as big to fam or friends, give a big chuckle, and didn’t want to be photographed for the blog. I felt restricted.

Have you had something, your smile or anything else, that you felt has held you back?

When Invisalign® approached me last month about their confidence campaign based on giving women (and men) the opportunity to perfect their smile so they’d feel more self confidence, I was immediately on board because I was at-that-moment completely got the impact of dealing with that every single day. Mine was short term so I couldn’t imagine how self confidence would feel for more long-term challenges I know my husband has considered Invisalign with our dentist for his bottom teeth because since they’re a little crooked again since his braces days. He like that they’re way more discreet than braces — no wires or brackets needed, hello scary teenage years flashback! — and they now has more advanced technology to fix everything from underbite to overbite, crowding or widely spaced teeth, in addition to minor issues.

Is your smile holding you back? If it is, take theInvisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you as you take steps to increase your confidence. And, if you’re someone lucky enough to have a killer set of teeth, don’t be shy about showing them off. I love the quote above that I found on Pinterest; it’s so true. Radiate your smile and create some extra happiness today.

Disclosure: this post is brought to you by invisalign. All opinions are 100 percent my own. 

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  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    I can totally relate to this - I also had a gap between my front teeth growing up and I always felt self-conscious about it (only exacerbated by the fact that my brother shouted “field goal!” every time I grinned). Sadly, because my teeth were perfectly straight otherwise, the dentist refused to do braces. So I learned to smile with my lips tightly pursed all through my adolescent years. It wasn’t until I saved up enough money in my early twenties to get porcelain veneers to correct the gap that I finally felt I could show my teeth. It’s a shame - when I look back on it now, I realize how much time I wasted feeling bad about something that made me unique!


  • kristyq

    I did Invisalign three years ago…took me from not wanting to smile, to I LOVE to smile and show them off. Such a awesome product that really works!

  • allthingschic

    I did braces for four years growing up - now I’m self-conscious about yellow teeth. I really am self-conscious about it — especially in pictures!

  • Kristin Clark

    I love this post!

    Kristin of LivingInColorPrint.com

  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    I know I love the power of my smile - I consider it one of my best features and it’s amazing how much a simple smile can change a persons mood. There are too many people who feel uncomfortable about their teeth and it can be especially hard as an adult to deal with braces like a teen (and it’s hard enough for a teen) so having descrete ways to get to a better smile are so important!

    Chic on the Cheap

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