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Published on: 14 Feb 2017 by rudyard
In the old days, our only photos were our shots from school picture days and big family events. It was easy to look your best on special occasions. Plus, the photo quality wasn’t anywhere near as sharp or vivid as it is now. But modern times have changed photos in so many ways. The frequency with which they’re taken, the quality and definition, the ways to share them. Photos are a part of our daily lives. Even hourly in some cases. One aspect that can make or break a great photo is your teeth. A great smile can make a photo go viral; a bad one can send it to the bottom of the newsfeed. You want your teeth to look great in every photo. Instead of winging it and hoping for the best, try out these surefire tips for guidance.
Regular Dental Care
You won’t need to use any editing effects or bright filters if you take care of your teeth on a regular basis. Brushing and flossing twice a day every day is the best way to make your teeth pop in a photo. Teeth whitening can be even more advantageous. When you take great care of your teeth, it shows. You won’t need any enhancement to show them off. They’ll shine through and become the star of the photo.
That being said, there’s no reason to work extra hard to show off your healthy teeth. Be natural. Show off a smile that’s akin to what you’d normally do. Don’t cheese in an effort to be obvious. Keep your facial muscles relaxed. Think about things that make you genuinely happy-your dog, your family, your favorite food. Imagine that someone’s just told a relatively funny joke and you’re giving a genuine laugh. You’re not going over the top. You’re just opening wide enough to show the teeth and some true happiness. Don’t feel the need to act or overcompensate.
Watch Your Posture
A great smile isn’t always about your smile. When you have bad posture, you tend to slouch down and bend your head forward. This makes your smile less visible and can even lead to capturing your teeth at an unflattering angle. Instead, be sure to sit up straight. Also, try to turn your head slightly to the left or right. Don’t align your head directly with the camera. Drop your chin down just a little. It’ll make your smile look amazing. Not to mention, it’ll flatter your face as well.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you aren’t sure how to smile and shine the best light on your teeth, practice. It might sound silly but it could play to your advantage. Spend a few minutes in front of the mirror trying out different angles. Maybe the wide smile you’ve always used makes you look insincere. Or maybe the tight grin you use makes you look cynical or upset. You may not like how your smile appears in photos, but it’s impossible to change that if you don’t practice something different.
Communicate Through Your Eyes
Tyra Banks is credited with coining the term “smizing”. It’s a modeling trick where you communicate emotion through your eyes. If you don’t like your smile or you simply want to enhance it, you should become a master of the smize. One tip that often helps is to look through the camera or pretend you’re looking far ahead. This creates an element of drama and deep emotion in your eyes. They tend to sparkle and create a story of their own. Even the best smile is taken to the next level with a great smize.
Know Your Best Side
Knowing your best side sounds like some celebrity obsession that only really famous people care about. But it matters. Most of us don’t have perfectly symmetrical faces. There’s no doubt that one side will photograph better than the other. Odds are, when you’re photographed on your best side, your smile will be radiant. Your bad side will make it feel flat. To figure out what yours is, test it out in different selfies. In one, turn to your right side. Try your left in the other. Compare them. Which one offers the most flattering view? That’s the one you should use going forward.
When all else fails, apps like FaceTune offer a host of tools with which you can edit and alter your photos until your smile is perfect. Even some of Instagram and Snapchat’s filters can work wonders for you in a flash. It’s always better to have the real thing, but sometimes, you need a little bit of extra help.
Making your teeth look great in photos isn’t just about your teeth. It’s about finding your best angles and understanding how you look. With all the right factors at play, you can deliver a perfect photo every time.