Do you feel self-conscious when you have to smile for a picture with braces? If so this is normal. In this blog our orthodontists in Burnaby, Langley, and North Delta share with you some tips that can help you take a good picture with braces.
We understand how you can be feeling a little insecure about the appearance of your braces, but, soon, you may want to look back at this time. Here we tell you some tips and tricks that can help you look your best in pictures with braces to help you remember this era of your life.
Select a braces option that is less noticeable.
There have been lots of advancements made in orthodontic technology that have come up with various low-profile orthodontic treatment options for today's patients.
Our first example of this is self-ligating braces. They don’t use elastics or bands and come with smaller brackets than traditional braces.
The benefits of ceramic braces are similar. Even though the brackets are a little bigger in size than standard braces, they are made of tooth-coloured ceramic which helps them blend in with your teeth.
Invisalign might be another good option for you. Invisalign aligners don't use any metal at all. They are made from clear, BPA-free plastic, which makes them look nearly invisible when you are wearing them.
Any of the treatment options we have listed here can help make your braces look less noticeable in pictures so your face and your smile can be the focus.
Accent with colour!
Rather than trying to hide your braces, make them an accessory and highlight them with colour!
Traditional metal braces have elastic bands connected to the brackets which have to be changed out on a regular basis.
These elastics come in almost every colour of the rainbow, so you are able to change your look, coordinate your braces with an outfit you’re planning for a special event, or compliment your skin tone or eye colour.
Practice your smile
If you know you’ll be having your picture taken soon, take a bit of time to practice smiling with your braces. Look in a mirror and smile at yourself, from different angles.
You could also try taking some selfies, or have a family member or friend take a few pictures of you.
Doing things like this can help you get used to the way your smile looks with braces.
Getting accustomed to your look can really help you overcome your lack of confidence regarding your smile with braces, and nothing makes a better picture than a big and confident smile!
Your braces are going to play a big role in your appearance for the coming months and years.
It will be in your best interest to work on feeling as confident and comfortable with your smile as possible, both now, and in the future when you’re looking back at pictures of yourself during your time with braces. We hope these tips help!