The holiday season is in full swing now, which means that between now and New Year’s Eve you will likely have a variety of photo ops with family and friends. Does that make you a bit concerned, though, because you have never liked the way you smile in photos? If so, don’t fret the festive holiday season, or all the photo taking that tends to come along with it. Instead, take some simple smiling tips from your general dentist. After all, who knows more about beautiful smiles?
Laugh, and Have Fun
One of the best ways to look great in photos is to simply look like yourself. In other words, a natural smile, or even a laugh, beats a forced or unnatural smile any day. If you have a problem feeling comfortable or confident in front of the camera, consider asking the photographer to tell a joke (even a bad or silly one) instead of requesting that you say “cheese.” This can help put you at ease.
As for showing your teeth off in their best light, try this simple trick that models use for natural-looking but beautiful smiles. Gently press your tongue to the back of your upper front teeth. It helps to keep your mouth open, but without creating a smile that looks forced.
If your lips are dry, this can bring down an otherwise great smile in photos. So be sure to apply a balm or moisturizing lipstick prior to the photo, if possible. If you’re wearing lipstick, look for a shade with a blue-undertone, which tends to make teeth look brighter, while muddier, brown-based tones can have the opposite effect.
Take Great Care of Your Smile
Thinking long-term, if you really want to look great in photos, make sure you are giving your smile the preventive care it needs, throughout each year, including daily hygiene and routine dental visits. Of course, cosmetic dentistry can also help increase your confidence by hiding imperfections, like staining or disproportionately shaped teeth, that can cause insecurity.
Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!
At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!
A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.