A picture is worth a thousand words — and your smile can say plenty. Research shows that people with straight teeth are perceived as more happy, successful, and smart. Here are five tips to help make your smile more photogenic.

Be natural. One of the best ways to pose for a picture? Showing a relaxed and gentle smile. Don’t overthink your smile; when you do, your eyes squint, and your neck muscles tense.

Stand up straight. You don’t want your face to be completely square with the camera. Fix your posture by turning your head slightly and dropping your chin.

Check your teeth and gums. Getting the best picture isn’t all about how you pose. Great smiles also require a little behind-the-scenes prep work. If you want to maintain your pearly whites, visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Also, brush, floss, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash every day. Additionally, if you want to address any abnormal bite patterns, visit your local orthodontist.

Practice makes perfect. Your ideal smile may not happen overnight, so keep practicing on perfecting your grin. And, if the help you need goes beyond a simple teeth cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Speaks! He’s one of the few board certified orthodontists in the Denver area!