Want to look your best in pictures but worried about how your smile will look with braces? Today our Langley orthodontists share some tips on how to look great in pictures with braces.
The easiest way to look great in pictures while you have braces is to keep your teeth and your braces clean and free from particles of food.
Brackets, wires, springs, and rubber bands can attract and trap food and plaque. To make your smile healthy and bright, proper brushing and flossing are essential.
After every meal be sure to brush, floss and use your interdental brush to clean your braces as well as the spaces between your archwire and your teeth.
Flossing with braces is easy and 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. Don't use too much force, especially around the archwire.
A genuinely happy smile always looks great in pictures. Your teeth and braces are clean, you have nothing to hide, so just smile! There's no need to hold back. Keep reminding yourself that your smile looks fantastic in pictures.
At first, when you're new to braces it may help to practice a little. You're bound to feel a little silly at first, but smile at yourself in the mirror...not fake smiling...real smiling. Before long, even with your braces, you'll be feeling great about your smile.
Make-Up Options for Braces
If you enjoy makeup and you're an outgoing person, try putting on some red lipstick to highlight your braces. Try darker shades that will make your teeth look whiter and compliment your skin tone.
Would you prefer to camouflage your braces? To draw attention away from your braces choose a neutral lip colour and try applying more dramatic eye makeup. A fashionably strong brow will help to focus attention on your eyes.
Choose Less Noticeable Braces
Still not confident about how you will look with braces? Perhaps you should consider a lower profile orthodontic treatment. A number of low profile orthodontic treatments are available from your Langley orthodontists.
Here are a few to think about:
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.
‘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 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.
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.