Take the Focus Off Braces

Young girl with braces smiling

For many people, their smile is a big source of pride – something they hope people notice when speaking to them. But for many others, their smile can be a source of shame and embarrassment, even if they’re actively trying to improve their smile. This can be especially true for adults and even teens who wear braces.

But there’s no need to be embarrassed by your orthodontics, nor is there any reason for braces to become the focus of your entire face. If the look of your braces really does bother you, don’t despair. Here are some tips and tricks for drawing the eye away from your mouth and away from your braces!


Try wearing attention-getting accessories that will draw the eye away from your mouth and onto whatever shines or sparkles. Big, bold earrings or statement necklaces can easily become conversation pieces, as can retro glasses or oversized designer sunglasses. Even a stylish infinity scarf can draw the eye toward the neck and away from the mouth.


Normally we’d say try a fun lipstick to tone down discolored teeth, but if you’re trying to draw attention away from the mouth, skip the bold and go neutral. Instead, try a bold eye makeup look. That means the attention is on the eyes and not on the mouth.


You’re already changing up your look with a beautiful new smile. Why not get hair to match? Try a fun new style or color and everyone will be so busy complimenting your hair, they won’t focus on your teeth.


The clothes we wear should make us feel good and comfortable in our own skin. So, wearing the right outfit should make us feel better about wearing braces, too. Try stepping out of your comfort zone a little with fashion. If you always wear black, experiment with a pop of bright color. If you usually wear pants, try wearing a skirt or dress. If you are always in patterns, try a solid color and vice versa. Make sure you still feel comfortable, but even little details make a big impact.

Embrace It

Of course, there is still one thing that might take the focus off your braces: embracing them and not worrying so much about what they look like. Braces may be about the end result, but there’s no reason to be insecure along the way. So, smile hardily, laugh plenty and enjoy knowing you can expect beautiful results that you’ll love showing off.

To schedule a consultation for full-mouth reconstruction, orthodontics or neuromuscular orthodontics, please call Dr. George’s office at 724-220-2347.

Dr. Alexandra S. George

Medically reviewed by Dr. Alexandra S. George - D.D.S., L.Vl.I.F. on January 9th, 2019