Tips For Taking Better Pictures During Orthodontic Treatment
Even though braces are relatively common, sometimes the idea of people knowing you have braces can make you feel self-conscious. If you want to feel a little more comfortable showing off your smile while undergoing orthodontic treatment, our team has a few tips that may help you, especially when it comes to taking photos.
Choose less noticeable orthodontic options
Orthodontics has come a long way as dental technology advances, and there are a number of low-profile orthodontic treatment options out there for today's patients.
Self-ligating braces are a good example of this. They don’t require any elastics or bands and have smaller brackets than traditional braces normally do.
Ceramic braces may be another option. While the brackets are slightly larger in size than standard braces, the fact that they are made of tooth-coloured ceramic means that they can blend in with your teeth.
Invisalign may be another great option. Invisalign clear aligners are made from clear, BPA-free plastic making them more difficult to see when they are being worn.
Add a pop of colour to your smile
Instead of trying to downplay your braces, show them off a little. Treat them like an accessory and highlight them with colour!
Traditional metal braces usually have elastic bands attached to the brackets that need to be changed out on a regular basis.
These elastics come in pretty much every colour of the rainbow, allowing you to change up your look, coordinate with an outfit you’re planning for a special event, or complement your eye colour or skin tone.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you know you’ll be having your picture taken soon, take some time to practice smiling with your new braces. Stand in front of the mirror and smile at yourself, from different angles, to see which one works best for you.
You can also try taking some selfies, or have a friend or family member take some pictures of you. Doing things like this should help you grow accustomed to how your smile looks now that you have braces on.
Sometimes it can be as simple as just getting used to the new look that can help you overcome any confidence issues involving your new smile, and nothing makes for a better picture than a great big 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 braces-clad smile as soon as possible - both now, and in the future when you’re looking back at pictures of yourself during this time. If you have questions about life with braces, feel free to ask our dentists - we're here to address your concerns.