Whether it’s shy, beaming or proud, there’s a great old saying “smile, and the whole world smiles with you”, and without a doubt that’s true. When someone offers you a smile, you can’t help but grin on back.

But what makes a truly great smile?

At Bare Brush we’re all about smiles and a little environmental action destined to elicit a beaming grin, so let’s look to science to find out what makes a truly great smile…

Over 50 smiles

Research reveals scientists have identified between five and 50 different types of smiles. Some are authentic, some not so much, but each says a lot about the person behind them.

More importantly, they note the very act of smiling offers a wealth of benefits. It helps release endorphins in the brain, summons serotonin and prompts a bout of dopamine to haul you from the dumps of sadness or despair.

Just as smiling engenders a sense of happiness, it allows you to feel more confident too while also spreading the same emotion to others.

An Italian study showed smiling is contagious because in order to process an emotion we first reproduce the facial movements of the expression that we see.

But all smiles are not the same as we shall soon reveal.

Go Duchenne, it’s the best

If you’re crinkling your nose, catering to crow’s feet and smiling with happy abandon, chances are you’re experiencing the Duchenne smile.

This is the smile that says you’re genuinely happy. First documented by 19th Century neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne, it’s a smile that cannot be contained.

Oh, so fake

Trying desperately hard to imitate the real thing, the fake smile is plastered on Instagram accounts pretty much everywhere. Discernible due to lack of eye lack of eye involvement, it’s the smile you “should” be seen to make in formal photos, LinkedIn profiles and anywhere that a smile is warranted but fails to come naturally.

The uncomfortable smile

Hiding a fountain of true feelings, the uncomfortable smile is the one we offer while shifting quietly in our seats at that oh so inappropriate joke.

It’s quick, often closed-lip, and says please, please can we move along…

The smug smile

Whether it’s bemused, arrogant or downright self-righteous the smug smile, indicates someone is holding a vital piece of information back. Often closed-lip with a single upturned corner, it’s a cross between flirtation and contempt.

Goin’ courting

Known as the flirtatious smiles, this one’s reserved for the early days of courting and says quite unequivocally: “I’m an attractive soul”.

Somewhat mischievous, slightly sideways, it invites the recipient in to understand more.

So much more

These are but a few of the examples of how human’s smile, but beneath each grin lies an indisputable fact: humans have the power to connect, communicate and exude confidence with the single act of a smile.

About Bare Brush

At Bare Brush we have a range of natural toothbrushes that give everyone something to smile about, courtesy of their minimal environmental impact.

Our aim is to offer the best available oral hygiene tools, while also minimising our environmental footprint. It’s the best of toothbrush history and environmental awareness combined in one convenient place.

You can learn more about the Bare Brush here or contact us for further advice.