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How to Look Good with Braces

Whether you're 14 or 44, the realization that you'll be spending a chunk of the coming months or years with braces can make anyone feel unnerved. On the brighter side of things, you can still continue to look attractive and feel beautiful while wearing your dental braces.
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Celebs with Dental Braces
Tom Cruise, Prince Harry, Gwen Stefani, Dakota Fanning, Faye Dunaway, and Fantasia Barrino are some of the celebs who have had braces at some point of their lives!
Since dental braces are a corrective necessity ordained by the orthodontist, there is nothing much one can do, but accept the fact with a broad smile. I, for one, loved my braces and enjoyed the two years I was made to wear them. I remember growing more confident with each day and wearing mine with pride. For all those who have recently been introduced to the strangeness of dental braces, there are a few simple things that you can do to look and feel attractive. This Buzzle article discusses how to look good with braces.

Ways to Look Attractive with Braces

Get a Snazzy New Haircut
Girl with braces and cool hairstyleGuy with braces and cool hairstyle

One sure-shot way to make yourself feel good and look the part is to hit the salon and get yourself a brand new hairstyle. A new hairdo that fits your fashion sensibilities and complements your personality, ought to lift your mood and make you feel more comfortable about your braces. Go in for a hairstyle that makes you feel more confident and brings attention to your best facial features such as your eyes, lips, jawline, and/or cheekbones so that your braces remain inconspicuous. That being said, there is nothing better than embracing this new change in your appearance and flaunting a toothy smile at anyone who gives you the stares!

Play with Colorful Braces
Braces with pink bands

When I think back to the time when I had braces, I remember getting different-colored braces every month. To help make braces less boring, consider getting bands of different colors every few weeks or months. You could pick your favorite color or even mix and match to make things more fun for yourself. Remember to moisturize your lips often as braces tend to chap lips and make the mouth dry. For the ladies, you could always spruce things up a bit by wearing shades of lip gloss, lip balm, or lipstick that make your smile more gorgeous.

Wear Attractive Accessories
Girl with braces and scarfGirl with braces and cool glasses

Fashionable guy with braces

Being presentably dressed and wearing the right accessories can make you look more attractive. If you find your braces irksome, you can always wear accessories that strategically distract attention away from your braces. For instance, wearing fashionable eyeglasses, shades, and wearing scarves, necklaces, and earrings fashionably can steal attention and make people notice your braces less. However, you could also dress and choose accessories that make your braces look cool. The Geek Chic look is one of the hottest trends currently and makes geeky glasses and braces look truly desirable!

There's another side to it too. Getting braces has nothing to do with dressing fashionably. Sway with the trends of the season and wear all that pleases the fashionista within you. Being well-dressed will help boost your confidence and make you look handsome/beautiful with braces. While you're busy looking good, remember to create your own style statement and be yourself. You don't have to wear trendy clothes, makeup, or act differently just because you have got braces. In fact, act natural and dress in whichever manner you feel great about yourself.

Smile with Confidence
Confident boy with braces

Remember, your braces are not going to last forever and will need to be removed when their purpose is served. So, why not make the best of this temporary phase in your life and have loads of fun along the way? Stay positive, and don't hesitate to smile freely. Don't bother about how you look when you smile, because anyone who smiles from their heart automatically becomes the most attractive person in any group or scenario. Your carefree personality along with your hearty laugh is bound to make people respect and appreciate you more. While you're at it, there is no harm in drawing people with your wit, charm, and positivity, and make them share a few smiles with you. Another facet of being comfortable with your braces is to not be camera-shy and smile away to glory, 'cause these moments won't last forever. So, say "cheers" and smile for the camera!

Lastly, don't let others bring you down with their disapproving looks and comments. Anyone who tries to sneer at you because of your braces seriously needs a reality check and for their own good. Simply ignore such people, smile, and move on to the people who really care about you.
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Published: December 30, 2013
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