Dental Blog

Smiling In Photos

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

If you’ve ever had braces or been embarrassed about showing off your smile because of the appearance of your teeth, then you know how difficult and stressful it is when someone says those two words: say cheese.

To help put you more at ease when the impromptu photo-opp comes up, we’ve put together some tips and alternatives to smiling that wont ruin the picture! Strike a pose: Instead of facing the camera straight on, try tilting your head down or taking an over the shoulder shot.

This will shift focus to your eyes and away from your mouth. Its all in the eyes: Your eyes prove all sincere smiles, so learning how to keep your expression here will get rid of the forced or uncomfortable look that might happen if you’re focused on what your mouth is doing. Make a face: You don’ t have to use a traditional smile to prove you are having fun.

The notorious duck lips is a growing phenomenon among teens and young adults, but there is something to it. Making a face like sticking out your tongue or opening in your mouth in a surprised fashion can help give life and context to a photo. It also helps mix things up from the standard smile-at-the-camera look.

Limit the teeth you show. Showing just your upper teeth can convey confidence and also limits the full effect of an imperfect smile. Sometimes it helps to open your mouth a little to raise your lip more above your bottom teeth to accomplish this kind of smile.No matter how you choose to take a photo, the important thing to remember is being confident! Straight teeth or not, a genuine smile in the eyes and knowing which angle you feel most comfortable can make all the difference. Don’t forget to schedule regular cleanings to keep up with your bright smile!