Having crooked or uneven teeth may cause you to feel embarrassed or insecure, but for some people, wearing braces can also cause confidence issues. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident when wearing braces.
Stay focused on the end result, keep reminding yourself: they’re only temporary, and the end results will will be a beautiful straight smile!
If your confidence level is low due to your braces, just smile and keep reminding yourself that moment by moment, your teeth are getting straighter and straighter!
Consider clear or lingual braces.
If you struggle to imagine that you’d be confident enough to smile while wearing traditional metal braces, speak to your orthodontist about more inconspicuous orthodontic treatment options. Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners, or lingual braces (which are attached to the backs of the teeth) are two great options that are almost invisible when worn.
Think of your braces as accessories.
Your braces are going to be part of your appearance for months, or even years, so try to think of them as an accessory like earrings or a necklace. Try colourful elastics or bright lipsticks to spotlight your braces, rather than trying to hide them.
Braces are actually kind of cool.
Braces are incredible, intricate little mechanisms that you wear in your mouth! They 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 cool!
Fake it 'til you make it!
Just smile, smile, smile! Even if you don't feel entirely confident about it, just smile anyway! People will know you have braces whether you smile or not, so you might as well go for it! The more you avoid smiling in an awkward attempt to your braces, the less confident you’ll look and feel.
The fact is that the more you smile with braces, the more used to it you’ll get, and the less self-conscious you’ll feel.