First, I’d like to start by stating that there is rarely an instance where an up-close picture of someone’s mouth is attractive. Ever. Except in those freakishly perfect lipstick ads… and in those cases, they’ve definitely had some digital doctoring. Anyway, I am a great example of my first statement.
There are a couple things you can do however, to lessen the gross factor when taking your pictures. All too many invisalign blogs that I’ve come across feature pictures that have been taken in poor light. That alone throws off the white balance which casts a very awkward shade on everything. Fluorescent light can make your teeth look blue or green, and incandescent lighting (regular old light bulbs) can make your teeth appear dingy and yellow. We don’t want our teeth to look yellow, do we? I took my most recent pictures with my iphone –quite professional– standing in front of my window. Direct sunlight should be avoided, though. And lastly, a good whitening can’t ever hurt.
I kind of regret not taking progress pictures all along, but I suppose it’s never too late to start, right?
I’m on aligners #19, which just so happen to be the very last of phase one for my lower jaw and according to my original plan, it should now officially be perfect (and it’s pretty close). But while I love my new smile, I am far from finished. Plus, aside from the refinement stage, I still have eight more (16 weeks) for the top.
Here are a couple random photos of me before my treatment:
And of course, this goofy one from day 3: