If you have uneven or crooked teeth, you might feel embarrassed or insecure. For many people however, the solution – braces – can also cause confidence issues. Here are a few tips to help you to feel confident while wearing braces.
Focus on the end result.
If you feel less then confident in your new braces, just keep on reminding yourself: they’re only temporary and the end result will be worth it!
Keep on smiling, knowing that your teeth are getting straighter every minute.
Consider clear or lingual braces.
If you just don't feel confident enough to smile with metal braces, then ask your orthodontist about more inconspicuous options such as Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners, or lingual braces (which, while still metal, are attached to the backs of the teeth).
Think of your braces as accessories.
Your braces are going to be a part of your appearance for many months, or possibly even years. Try to think of them as an accessory, like a necklace or earrings. Choose colourful elastics or bright lipsticks to highlight your braces, rather than trying to hide them.
Remember that braces are cool.
We know what you are thinking: that’s a stretch, but it’s true. Braces are incredible! They're intricate little mechanisms that quietly work away at straightening your teeth, without you having to do anything. You may not love how they look, but you've got to admit, they’re pretty neat.
Fake it until you make it! Whether you feel confident about your braces or not, just smile anyway! The fact is that the more you avoid smiling in an awkward attempt to hide your braces, the less confident you’ll look and feel. People are going to know you have braces whether you smile or not, so you might as well go for it!
The more you smile with braces, the more comfortable you’ll get, and the less self-conscious you’ll feel.