Just because you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, that doesn’t mean your selfie game has to suffer. Whether you have thousands of followers on Instagram or you’re trying to build your personal brand on LinkedIn, going a year (or more) with no updated photos, pensive portraits or duck lips isn’t going to cut it. There’s a trick to taking the perfect selfie, and there are also tactics for taking gorgeous selfies with orthodontics.
When you’re deciding between Invisalign and braces, don’t let your ego get in the way. Choose the method your orthodontist recommends as best for you, and then learn to work your online image around it. There are many ways to either embrace or hide your smile depending on your selfie mood of the day. Here’s how:
1. Practice the closed-lip smile
In the early days when you might be more self conscious about your orthodontics than you should be, hiding them is a priority. However, this doesn’t mean you should go with a vapid, stoic or angry selfie all the time. A gorgeous smile can be closed-lipped, and it often lends an air of mystery and flirtatiousness you can’t get with a wide-lipped grin. Practice and you might even notice some adorable quirks, such as one side of the mouth rising up higher than the other.
2. Go for the profile
While the younger generation knows “up and to the right” is the best angle for most selfies, you were never one to follow the pack. Try out profile selfies for something new (it’s for more than just showing off a new hairstyle). In fact, many people end up thinking their profile is their best angle of all.
3. Know Invisalign might not even show up
If you go with the nearly invisible Invisalign, it probably won’t show up in photos at all unless you get seriously up close and high quality. If that’s the case, smile with ease just like you’re not wearing orthodontics. However, if you’re really after a high quality shot, you can always slip them off for a few seconds and snap the photo.
4. Embrace your “brace face”
You’re not going to have orthodontics for long, so you may as well capture this moment in your life. If you have custom colored braces, you might especially want to show them off. Go ahead and laugh or smile big in photos; a few years from now you won’t be able to show off those customized bands.