Any self-consciousness you feel about your smile comes to a head when somebody pulls out a camera. Even people who are relatively happy about their smile can find they have a moment of doubt about their smile.
And that doubt can be magnified when they actually see the pictures that were taken.
With holiday season coming, there will be lots of people with cameras capturing your image. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally be happy with the way your smile looks in pictures? Here are some tips for getting the best smile in photos.
These days, you never know when the cameras are going to come out. So it’s important to be prepared. One of the most important things you can do to make sure you’re getting the best smiles in pictures is to use a little care if you choose to wear makeup.
Any makeup in the lower face that tends toward yellow can pass that on to your teeth. This includes yellow, orange, and gold (including gold glitter). Note that yellow-tending red lipsticks like scarlet or vermilion.
And don’t neglect your eyes! They’re part of the appearance of your smile, so define your brows and lashes.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should consider a nude lip gloss–it can help your smile to shine.
Standing vertical is the best way to show yourself to maximum advantage. If you slouch, everything that sags will bunch, too.
And that goes for your face and neck, too. Never tilt your head down in the front. Always be neutral or slightly angled upward.
Tilt Your Head Slightly
We understand: it seems like we’re contradicting ourselves. But trust us, this is a different issue. A slight tilt of your head to the right or left (again, not up or down) can change the way light plays on your face, creating a dramatic effect that makes your smile look much more interesting.
One of the things that makes smiles look bad in pictures is when people aren’t really smiling. If you’re forcing yourself to put on a smile for the camera, it may not even look like a real smile.
That’s why you should take a moment to help yourself find your true smile. Some hints for doing that were compiled in a photographer’s blog, and included:
- Closing your eyes for a moment before smiling
- Say “money” instead of cheese
- Focus on something that makes you happy before the picture
- Act crazy just before the picture gets taken
These tips can help your smile look more natural in pictures.
Get a Better Smile
But what do you do if you think your smile is truly unattractive? If your smile has stains or is chipped or even missing a tooth, that could be a sign that it’s time to get your smile fixed.
Fortunately, with modern cosmetic dentistry you can get all these problems and more fixed. With teeth whitening, you can eliminate most common stains. Chipped teeth can be repaired with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. And dental implants are such a great tooth replacement, they may be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Are you ready to get the most beautiful smile of your life? Please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with Houston area cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry in The Woodlands.