Taking good pictures can be a bit tricky, and getting a good shot with braces can be even more so. The following tips and ideas will help you to take a better picture while wearing braces.
Choose Less Noticeable Braces
This is something you have to consider at the outset of treatment, but it can lessen or completely eliminate the problem!
Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear plastic material that is virtually invisible when worn, so no one will notice you're wearing them, least of all in pictures! But even if Invisalign is not right for you, there other are lower profile or more inconspicuous braces options that won’t be as obvious in pictures.
Lingual braces, for example, are worn behind the teeth, so they won’t show at all when you’re smiling for a picture.
In-Ovation Self-Ligating braces don't require ties or elastics, making them smaller in profile than standard metal braces and therefore less visible.
The same goes for ‘translucent’ ceramic braces. The tooth-coloured ceramic material that these brackets are made of blends in with your teeth, so your braces look less noticeable.
Go With Colour
Turn your braces into an accessory and express yourself with them!
Because the elastics that go on braces come in pretty much every colour of the rainbow, you can choose a colour that suits you best. Try picking a colour that looks nice with your eye colour or skin tone, for example.
Choosing darker colours to make your teeth look whiter and brighter. Try to avoid white, as this will make your teeth look a bit darker and more yellow, and avoid browns and certain greens, as these can make it look like food is stuck in your teeth.
Good Oral Hygiene
Keep your teeth clean and healthy by brushing and flossing throughout the day, and cleaning your braces themselves, too. This will help you avoid having pictures taken with food stuck in your teeth, or with discoloured teeth due to lack of care.
Don't Hold Back — Smile!
It can be hard to do at first, but try not to feel shy or embarrassed about your braces; own them and don’t hold back on smiling in pictures. Just remember, nothing is more attractive than a big, happy, confident smile. If it helps, practice smiling at yourself in the mirror, and remind yourself often that you look great with your braces!