Overcoming Your Fear of Smiling in Photographs

May 22nd, 2017

Admit it: you become extremely self-conscious when you see a camera lens pointing your way. Your immediate reaction to a photographer is to go stiff because you feel you’re either underdressed for a photo or you’re not quite sure how to pose for the camera.

Despite constant practising in front of a mirror, tagged photographs of you online often show an unnatural smile or an unflattering angle. In fact, other than the usual “Say Cheese!” trick, you feel like you don’t really know how to smile for pictures.

Perhaps you aren’t very proud of the appearance of your teeth. Pictures tend to highlight your flaws, even though you want nothing more than to look great in them. Here are some ways to improve your appearance in photographs.

Be as Natural as Possible

For some people, it is second nature to smile widely when in front of a camera. Unnatural smiles, however, can often highlight flaws in the teeth. When you smile, don’t stretch your mouth too much. Smile as though you are seeing an old friend and let the smile reach your eyes.

Know Your Angle

We all have that one side of the face that appears more symmetrical than the other. If you think the right side of your face is less round and has a better shape when you grin, angle it towards the camera. For best results, tilt your head slightly to one side and smile naturally.

Use Better Lighting

Lighting does wonders for your smile, giving a beautiful look in photographs. When using a phone, take your photograph with natural lighting. Sunlight will erase the shadows on your teeth, making them look straighter and whiter. For professional cameras that use a flash, ask the photographer for soft diffused lighting. This leaves a white cast on yellow teeth as well.

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Taking proper care of your teeth is vital in knowing how to pose for photos. When you’re confident about the appearance of your teeth, it will show in every photograph of you. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth or flossing. Being consistent with your oral hygiene will help reduce any stains on your teeth, giving you a brighter smile.

Invest in Whitening Products

There are several whitening products on the market that promise to lighten your teeth in no time. Whitening toothpaste, teeth strips and gels are a few of the items that you can purchase. If you want safer solutions, visit a cosmetic dentist for professional whitening services. They can help you choose your preferred shade to prevent an artificial look in photographs.

Wear Braces

If you’re more conscious about the alignment of your teeth, MiSmile has a long-term fix for your needs. Our Invisalign braces are convenient for everyday use, giving you straighter teeth in a short period. The average cost for Invisalign in the UK starts at £1,700; a good investment for your smile.

Unlike traditional braces, the clear finish of Invisalign aligners allows you to wear them without taking them off for pictures. Since Invisalign braces may also be removed at any time, smiling in photographs is no sweat.

Schedule an appointment with your local MiSmile provider today and have a picture-perfect smile in no time.

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