SMILE GUIDEDoes your smile always lack luster in photographs? Here are a few simple tricks to bring out your best beam all the time.
SMILING TIPS FROM A CELEBRITY DENTISTDr. Jeff Golub-Evans, a cosmetic dentist based in New York City who has worked with celebrities and Broadway actors, says a superior smile begins with a look in the mirror.
“Simply start practicing smiling in the mirror with your teeth slightly parted, as if you are really excited about something,” he says. “You'll show more white teeth, because the lower teeth won't be hiding behind the uppers, and your smile won’t look forced.”
To get a more sparkling smile, wet your teeth just before the photo. You can add more shine by putting a spot of gloss in the center of your lower lip.
OTHER TRICKS DR. GOLUB RECOMMENDS:Avoid smiling too broadly if you have a full upper lip. “Smile enough to show your teeth, but not so much to thin your lips. If your upper lip is thin, smile so that the bottom edges of your upper teeth touch your lower lip. The visual impact of the upper teeth combined with the lower lip will take attention away from the thin upper lip.”
If your upper teeth are irregular at the bottom, or if some upper teeth are too long, smile so that the lower lip hides the bottom edges.
Do your gums show a lot or have irregular contour or color? Then practice smiling so your upper lip hides them.
Hide minor defects in your smile, such as stains or cracks, with petroleum jelly. You’ll distract away from the defect and make your lips look even and supple.