At Jon Frankel Dentistry we love what we do. More importantly, we enjoy helping make our patients have beautiful smiles that they are proud of. However, some of our patients have said that now they have a beautiful smile, they have to literally teach themselves to smile all over again. Below are the Top 5 Tips from Dr. Frankel and his staff to make your smile beautiful in photos!
1.) Get It Healthy! A beautiful smile is a healthy smile. Correcting cracked, broken, or missing teeth will improve your smile, increase your confidence, and shine in any picture.
2.) Avoid the Double Chin! One of the main concerns when taking a photo is “the double chin.” Double chins come from posture. Slouching or bending your head forward influences the angle of your smile, giving you the appearance of a double chin. To hide it, slightly turn your head or drop your chin so your face isn’t square with the camera.
3.) Work It! A photogenic smile is a confident smile. Surprising to popular belief, many of Hollywood’s finest don’t have perfect teeth. Take Tom Cruise for example. Next time you see a picture of him it is quite obvious that the line between his two front teeth, which should line up with the center of his nose, is off to one side.
4.) Lipstick Can Be Your Friend! The right shade of lipstick makes your teeth look whiter. Blue-based and pink-based undertones will minimize any yellowish tones on your teeth. However, shades that are too dark or too red for your skin tone can detract from your smile.
5.) Practice Makes Perfect! IF you have a big event coming up and want to showcase your smile, practice it! Look at it in the mirror and see how it looks and feels when you hold your shoulders back proudly and strike a natural, unforced smile and hold it for a long time. When you smile gently, your face looks relaxed. Your mouth should be opened slightly and your lower lip will match the curve of your upper teeth.
Often the best smiles have the edges of your upper front teeth gently touch your lower lip. Your cheeks may rise a little bit, but not too much. It’s the opposite of a quick, “excited” smile that makes your eyes squint and your neck muscles tense, which looks awkward in photos.
Now that summer has come to an end, we would love to see some of your best smiling photos! Feel free to tag us in your photos on our Facebook page http://facebook.com/jonfrankeldentistry or on Twitter @jonfrankelDDS #SummerSmile