For as long as I can remember, I have always smiled with my lips sealed, especially in front of a camera. I would stretch my mouth without separating my lips at the instinct of a flash. It’s an involuntary response that doesn’t require any thoughts. Perhaps, I’ve done it so much that it’s become a reflex. But here’s the problem: I am not happy my smile (who is?). I find that it portrays a false image of me; it comes off slightly arrogant, a little conceited, even unfriendly and possibly fake (I am the only one that can see this of course). It resembles the smile I give to a stranger in an elevator, expect wider. It’s my natural smile though…I think. I feel comfortable wearing it, and I don’t have to force it on, it appears on demand, sometimes unexpectedly even.
I’ve always admired people who can smile gorgeously with their teeth while appearing natural and effortless. I imagine you would need nice and proportional teeth to pull it off. Wait a minute, I would qualify! In fact, my teeth are my best feature, and a valuable asset indeed. I’m obsessed with oral hygiene and dental care, although I admit this started because I have no dental insurance and therefore trying to avoid as many visits to dentist as possible. I’ve been very blessed with an awesome set of straight teeth. Anyway, I’ve tried in the pass to smile differently, by that i mean with teeth; mostly it just felt awkward and phony. Every now and then I would be tempted to show a little enamel. Lately I’ve been flashing em’ pearly whites more often than normal. Is it possible that I may have a change of heart? I am having mixed feelings. I mean we actually look good together. But, I am not sure if I’m quite ready to be seen with it in public. Ah well, it’s time to crack out of my shell and put a crack in that smile.
What’s behind your smile?