Easy Ways to Make Braces Less Noticeable

December 9, 2013

Braces certainly don’t carry the stigma they used to—in fact, thanks to hipsters and geek chic trends, braces are even trending right now. Whether it was Ugly Betty or Katy Perry that led the way, a gleamed-up grill is right up there with thick horn-rimmed glasses when it comes to style. However, there are still some people who would rather not announce to the world that they’re correcting their smile with straighter teeth. Here are a few easy ways to make your braces a little less noticeable.

1. Choose Invisalign

The best way to detract from your braces is to choose invisible ones. Invisalign makes people look a few times before realizing you have braces. They’re colorless, blend in with your teeth, and are just as effective as traditional braces. Sometimes they can even be put on the inside of your teeth for even better blending, but that depends on the tooth movement you need and your mouth.

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2. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene isn’t just necessary to keep you and your mouth healthy, it’s also the best way to keep braces on the down low. Clean braces are healthy braces—plus, it can take a little getting used to before you’re a champ at keeping food out of your braces. Follow all brace care instructions provided by your orthodontist.

3. Pick the Right Color

Some “train tracks” come with color options, but just like painting a room, not every color is a smart one. If you go with white, you’d be better off with Invisalign since this color can make teeth look dull. Black is too severe for many, and green—well, if you’re not keen on having broccoli stuck in your teeth, why mimic it? Blue is a good, neutral choice as well as pink or orange; basically any color which stands out in the right way.

4. Get the Smile Right

You don’t have to hide in pictures while wearing braces, but you might want to practice a natural closed-mouth smile. The best way to achieve this is by smiling while showing your teeth and then closing your lips. Too tight of a smile looks unnatural—spend some time in front of the mirror to perfect it.

5. Play Up Your Eyes

If you’re a woman, start experimenting with those eye makeup techniques you’ve been considering, like a colored smoky eye or extended cat wings with liquid liner. Drawing attention to other features will downplay the braces.

6. Take Care of Your Lips

Just because you may put your bright red lipstick on hold for a while doesn’t mean you can forego lip care all together—and this goes for men, too. Dry, chapped lips bring attention to your mouth and then your braces will act as the double feature. Find a lip balm you like, preferably with an SPF, and lightly brush lips with a clean toothbrush to keep them exfoliated.

7. Own It

Most importantly, try to not feel self-conscious and remember that this is a temporary situation. If you’d like, avoid styles that draw attention to the lower half of your face like hair in ponytails or turtlenecks. The better you feel about yourself, the more confidence you’ll enjoy so play with styles and get to know (and like!) the “you” with braces, because that person won’t be around for much longer.

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