If you have braces, you may be feeling a bit self-conscious when you’re smiling for pictures. Here are some tips for taking great pictures with your braces.

You may feel a little insecure about how your braces look right now, but one day you’ll want to be able to look back on this time! The following tips will help you look great in pictures during the time you have braces.

Choose Less Noticeable Braces

Orthodontics has come a long way in recent years, and there are a lot of low-profile orthodontic treatment options out there for modern-day 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 styles.

Ceramic braces have similar benefits. While the brackets are slightly larger in size than standard braces, the fact that they are made of tooth-colored ceramic means that they can blend in really well with your teeth.

Invisalign is another great option. Invisalign aligners are not made of metal at all. Instead, they are made of clear, BPA-free plastic, making them virtually invisible when worn.

Any of the above options will help make your braces look less obvious in pictures so that your face and your smile can be the focus.

Add Some Color!

Instead of trying to downplay your braces, treat them like an accessory and highlight them with color!

Traditional metal braces have elastic bands attached to the brackets that need to be changed out on a regular basis.

These elastics come in pretty much every color of the rainbow, allowing you to change up your look, coordinate with an outfit you’re planning for a special event, or compliment your eye color 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.

You can also try taking some selfies, or have a friend or family member take some pictures of you.

Doing things like this will help you grow accustomed to how your smile looks now that you have braces.

Just getting used to your new look can really help you overcome your lack of confidence regarding 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 possible, both now, and in the future when you’re looking back at pictures of yourself during this time. We hope our tips help!

Need more tips or advice on daily life with braces? Please feel free to contact our office at any time!