How to Smile in Photos

We all want to look our best in photos. For most of us, a natural smile means showing our teeth. If the idea of revealing your gnashers for a selfie leaves you cold, we’re here to help with top tips for a brilliant smile.

A bright, confident smile is the most flattering thing you can wear. Smiling naturally in pictures makes you look photogenic and ensures you’ll look back at your digital albums with genuine, positive memories for years to come.

So how do you stop the cheesy grin and achieve a bright, natural smile?

1. Relax

Most candid photos are more flattering than forced, posed shots. Being relaxed and in the moment means the camera captures your true essence – and that usually means it comes with a natural smile expressing genuine joy. So next time you’re gathering for a photo, take a deep breath and try to relax. Think good thoughts or of things that make you genuinely laugh. Try to enjoy the moment and let that big, natural smile light up your face.

2. Practice

Models and celebrities practice their smiles and poses - and us mere mortals can benefit from doing the same. We’re not suggesting making the mirror your best friend – but if you are glancing in one, perhaps give a few smiles a go to try and perfect your most natural pose.

3. Keep your teeth looking tip top

Our most natural smiles usually involve flashing our teeth. A toothless grin or putting your hand over your mouth can ruin a picture-perfect moment. Keeping your pearly whites in Insta-ready condition means you’ll always be ready to dazzle for the camera.

Brushing thoroughly and correctly is your first step in achieving that dreamy smile. Brush twice a day and change your toothbrush every three months (or after you have been ill) to optimise your routine. Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste and don’t rinse your mouth out after brushing so the fluoride can sit on your teeth and work its strengthening magic.

Regular use of disclosing tablets means you can be sure you’re achieving your cleanest grin. TePe PlaqSearch™ Disclosing Tablets have a unique two-colour system so you can identify both old and newly formed plaque. With continued use, you should also be rewarded with seeing less colouration as you successfully target that pesky sticky stuff.

Make like a secret agent with Plaque GLO – a revolutionary disclosing toothpaste which comes with a blue light that reveals any plaque deposits. Available in both mint and tropical flavours, it helps transform your kids’ dental routine into a secret spy mission. This is particularly important for older children who brush their own teeth and might consistently miss certain areas of their mouth.

Banish bad breath, sneaky tartar and any lunch leftovers by ensuring you floss every day. You can read our top tips on perfecting your flossing and interdental cleaning here.

Periodontist Zahra Hussain

“Use interproximal brushes to remove deposits between the teeth before toothbrushing, this will then allow your toothpaste to coat and strengthen these surfaces against decay.”

Zahra Hussain, Periodontist
Anglehouse Ealing

Remember to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to keep your teeth scrupulously clean and healthy, and to highlight any issues before they become problems.

No-one wants to look back at their family albums and cringe at their dental health. So keep your teeth in their best possible condition by avoiding sugar, brushing and flossing well, and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly. To nail your most flattering photo, relax, practice, enjoy and think happy thoughts - for a natural, joyful smile you’ll love looking back on for years to come.

Want to transform your smile? Angle House Orthodontics offer a free, no-obligation consultation.