How to Get a More Photogenic Smile

Thanks to smart phones, selfies and other photos are just a part of daily life. Yet a lot of people don’t like how they look in photos, and many of them blame their smiles. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a model or celebrity to show a photogenic smile each and every time. Here are a few tips.

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Professional smilers know that a forced smile will always look odd. A wide, toothy grin can look like a grimace, while a quick, crinkly smile can make your face look scrunched.

Instead, aim for the dreamy smile that naturally occurs when you think of a favorite memory or a loved one. Your lower lip should follow the curve of your bottom teeth, and your mouth should fall slightly open. This will give you a gentle, relaxed, genuinely happy appearance.

Lipstick Choices

Did you know that your lipstick can affect how your teeth appear in photographs? Unless your teeth were recently whitened, choose a darker shade with blue or pink undertones.

Practice Photos

You are an individual, with your own natural smile, best angles, and other features. Take some time to play with your look in front of a mirror, trying out different poses. When you find something you like, take a few selfies. What you see in the mirror does not always reproduce the same way through the camera lens, so it is worth the extra effort to try out your favorite poses in front of the camera.

Smile Makeover

A smile makeover can do wonders for making your smile more photogenic. If you have any existing dental problems (such as periodontal concerns or decayed or broken teeth), address those first, then start working on perfecting your smile. Your dentist will take X-rays and photos and work with you to design the smile of your dreams. If you have photos of smiles you really like, bring those in. Talk about the things you don’t like about your current smile, and your goals for your new smile.

Be wary of the “perfect smile,” though. In most cases, these smiles tend to look fake. Instead, focus on creating the natural smile that is perfect for you.

A smile makeover may consist of multiple treatments. For example, you might straighten your teeth with Invisalign and then add veneers. Or you may whiten before proceeding with any treatment. Your dentist will also consider the “balance” of your smile, working hard to make sure that each individual tooth blends into a harmonious whole.

While looking great in photos is natural for actors, models, and other professionals, it is not always easy for the average person. From a new lipstick color to a full smile makeover, it is easy to achieve the photogenic smile you always wanted.

Conveniently located in Woodbury, MN, Creekview Dental provides a progressive yet conservative approach to dental care. Our innovative, highly personalized procedures are focused on maintaining tooth structure and providing you with the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at 651-738-8204 to take the first steps on the road to better dental health.