Are you too worried about how your smile looks with braces, to smile openly in pictures? Today our BC orthodontists share some tips on how you can feel more confident smiling in pictures, while you have braces.
A genuinely happy smile can turn an average picture in to a fabulous picture. If you practice good oral hygiene, and keep your teeth and braces clean, you have nothing to hide, so just grin! There's no need to hold back your smile. Try to keep reminding yourself that a bright smile makes everyone look better in pictures, including you!
If you're fairly new to braces try practicing your smile, so that you feel more confident. OK so you're bound to feel a little silly at first, but smile at yourself in the mirror...not a fake smile...a real and genuine smile. Before long you'll be feeling more confident about how you look when smiling with your braces on.
Keeping your braces and teeth clean and free from particles of food is the absolute easiest way to look great in pictures while you have braces. Wires, brackets, springs, and rubber bands often attract and trap food and plaque so, to help your smile look it's best in pictures be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day.
It will also help to clean your teeth after each meal. Use your interdental brush to clean your braces as well as the tight spaces between your archwire and your teeth.
Flossing is easy, even with braces and it will help to keep your smile picture perfect. To floss with braces, feed the floss through the space between the main arch wire and the portion of the tooth closest to the gum. Gently 'saw' the floss up and down along both sides of the tooth and be sure not to use too much force around the archwire.
Make-Up Options for Braces
Choose a neutral lip colour if you want to play down your braces, and try applying more dramatic eye makeup. Strong brows can help to focus attention on your eyes and away from your mouth. If you enjoy wearing makeup why not try putting on some red lipstick to highlight your braces and make an accessory out of your orthodontic treatment? Lipstick colours in darker shades will help to make your teeth look whiter. Just look for a shade that will compliment your skin tone and the colour of your elastics.
Lower-Profile Orthodontic Treatment Options
If you're still not feeling confident about how your smile will look with braces, perhaps you should consider a lower profile orthodontic treatment option. Here are a few different options available from our BC Orthodontics Group practices:
- In-Ovation - With no ties or elastics to trap food and plaque, In-Ovation Self-Ligating braces are smaller than traditional metal braces. These lower profile braces might help you to feel more confident when smiling for the camera.
- Invisalign - Hardly anyone will notice that you're straightening your teeth with Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners. Invisalign aligners are almost completely invisible when worn. Not only are the aligners clear, they are also removable! That means, for those extra important shots you can remove your aligners, then put them back in once the picture has been taken.
- Ceramic Braces - ‘Translucent’ ceramic braces are less visible than traditional metal braces because the brackets are made of a tooth-coloured ceramic material that blends in with your teeth. These braces are barely noticeable in pictures.
- Lingual Braces - Lingual braces are very similar to traditional metal braces except that they are attached to the backs of your teeth where they are harder to spot. With lingual braces you will be able to smile freely for the camera, confident that your braces won't be showing in the picture.