If you have crooked or uneven teeth, you might feel embarrassed or insecure. For many people however, the solution – braces – can cause confidence issues, too. Here are a few tips to help you to feel more confident while wearing braces.
Stay focused on the end result.
If you’re feeling less then confident in your new braces, just remember: they’re only temporary, and the end results will be well worth it!
Keep smiling, knowing that moment by moment, your teeth are getting straighter and straighter.
Consider clear or lingual braces.
If you simply can’t imagine that you’d feel confident enough to smile with metal braces then ask your orthodontist about other options. Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners, or lingual braces (which, while metal, are attached to the backs of the teeth) are great inconspicuous options to consider.
Think of your braces as accessories.
Your braces are going to be part of your appearance for many months, maybe even years. Try thinking of them as an accessory, like a piece of jewellery. Use colourful elastics or bright lipsticks to make them stand out, rather than trying to hide them.
Remember that braces are actually kind of cool.
We know what you’re thinking: that’s a stretch. Honestly, just think about it...Braces are incredible, intricate little mechanisms that you wear in your mouth, that quietly work away at straightening your teeth, without you having to do anything. You might not love how they look, but you have to admit, they’re pretty neat.
Whether you feel confident about it or not, keep smiling anyway! Fake it until you make it! The fact is, the more you avoid smiling the less confident you’ll feel and look. People will know you have braces whether you smile or not, so you might as well go for it!
The more you smile with braces, the more quickly you'll get used to them, and the less self-conscious you’ll feel.