Digital Smile Makeovers ▼
 

Submitted Cases -

Check to see if your photo was accepted for a virtual smile makeover.

Once you've submitted your picture(s), this is the page where you can find out if your case was accepted for a digital makeover.

The process.

  • We'll look through the pictures you've sent in and select the one that comes closest to meeting our needs. This process may take as much as a week or two.
  • We'll then post it on this page along side a "reference" image (a picture that does meet our basic requirements).
  • Accepted cases will be marked as such, and will state a time frame by which we hope to have the makeover completed and posted as a web page on our site (we will also send you an email when everything has been finished).

    Also with accepted cases, we may email you and request information about how you took your picture (camera type, resolution setting, ... as much info as you have to share.) We'll post this information on this page so other people planning to submit their picture have a better idea of what to do. If we make a request, we won't progress with completing your makeover until we receive a reply.

  • In the case where we've decided we must decline your case, we'll list some of the ways that the picture we thought was most suitable fell short. If you decide to resubmit, you'll have an idea of what you need to do differently.
  • We will admit that some of the pictures we've decided to decline do look relatively acceptable on mobile devices (due to changes that take place when the images are downsized to fit the screen). However, mobile visitors only make up a portion of the total number of people who view our pages, and we need our makeover simulations to look acceptable for everyone.

Time frame.

It may take us a week or two to sort through new submissions and get them posted here, especially in the case where the involved pictures are marginal and we need time to see if we can enhance them.

In most cases ...

If we haven't accepted your photo, it's almost always for one of the following reasons:

  • Picture quality - Poor clarity, lighting or focus.
  • Picture size - The size of the teeth in the image is too small.

Just for the record, here's the basic type of photo we're looking for. (That page also contains photo-taking tips.)

In essentially all cases, the image itself is the only factor we go by when deciding to accept a case or not.

How to improve your chances of being selected.

a) Do some research about your camera.

If you don't do much of this type of picture taking, probably the most important thing you can do is search the web for "how do I take a close-up picture with a" and then add the name of your specific camera or phone.

b) Test before you submit.

We're often curious about why some pictures get sent in. There's a very simple test that anyone submitting their photo can do to get an idea if it's close to what we need.

Recent submissions - Look for a decision about your case here.

Submission status. - Case completed.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Notes about this photo - This person did a great job. The 1/2 face images they submitted were on the order of 2000 x 1500 pixels. [A giant size always helps us out at our end. The picture you see above was cropped out of a larger one and then shrunk down 43%.) They also gave us more than one "front" image to choose from, and then an extra side view so to give us a better idea of their situation.

Notes from the photographer - "My photo was taken with a point and shoot camera. Its the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS model with a 10 megapixel resolution. When taking the pictures, I stood in front of the window making sure it was not somewhere where the sun falls directly on the face, but somewhere and during the time of day when there's ample light."

I also made sure the "auto focus square" was focused on my teeth and took multiple shots. Also found that I was getting better results when the camera was not too close to my face, but somewhere like at arm's length. Hope this helps!"

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

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A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - We worked with this image. This is all the better we could get it to look. We've had to decline it due to lack of sharpness and detail.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Generally speaking, we had to decline this photo due to a lack of sharpness and detail. We worked with this image. This is the absolute best we could get it to look.

We examined the technical details of the file and noticed that it was taken with an iPhone 6. As you'll see mentioned on this page, some of the best submissions we've received recently have been taken with an iPhone 6, although we assume using different settings, possibly even the back vs. front camera.

Submission status. - Case declined, see below.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Notes about this photo - This picture just barely made the cut. The image we show here was cropped from the 1/2 face submission photo (typically a good choice) but the resolution of the image was relatively low (960 X 1260). In this case, that leaves us little to work with in terms of sharpening up the image.

Since this is a simple makeover to do, we'll just do a pre-makeover makeover to help to make this image at least somewhat more presentable. But for something more complex, it just wouldn't make sense for us to commit that much time to a single case.

Update - Once we decide to accept a case for a makeover, we reply to the person's submission email address and request the required information about how they tooth their picture (so other people will have an idea about what they need to do to take a reasonable one). For whatever reason, the person decided not to reply back. For that reason, we won't be creating a digital makeover for this case.

Submission status. - Case completed.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Notes about this photo - This person did a good job with their pictures. They submitted several, from different angles. And the pictures had a very large format (on the order of 2130 X 1470 pixels, which is 5 times larger than the reduced picture you see here). A large format always helps us at our end. We expect this picture to sharpen up nicely for the makeover simulation.

Notes from the photographer - This person reports: "To take the picture I used my IPhone 5 camera with flash on." It's a shame they didn't give us more information about the settings they used because the pictures they submitted met our needs much better than most.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - We worked with this image for about 20 minutes and simply couldn't find a way to sharpen it up. The image's small file size (less than 100kb) was a tip off to us that we'd likely have difficulty. (Very large pictures/large image files give us a lot more options to work with.)

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - This person did so many things right. The dimensions of the image were large (2560 X 1920 pixels), as reflected by the file size of the picture (1.2MB). But they simply failed to stand outside, near a window or near a lamp so their teeth had some light on them.

Submission status. - Case completed.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Notes about this photo - We loved receiving this person's submission. They sent 12 half-face, mega-sized pictures, most with fairly decent lighting.

The files themselves were in the 1.25 MB range (that's 1,250 KB, or about 500 times larger than many of the rejected submissions below). The image size was 3264 X 2448 pixels, and we know this was taken with a regular smartphone (iPhone 6). (The picture, as shown above, has been both cropped and shrunk down to about 1/4th of it's original size.)

This submission just shows that pretty much any cell phone can take a suitable picture, if you just take the time to learn how to set it. If you don't know how, a good first step is to Google "how do I take a close up picture" and include the name of your smartphone.

We thought we'd mention this point. Of the pictures this person submitted, this may not be the one we choose to use for their makeover simulation. This one does show their teeth and that's great. But other photos just showed a natural smile, which often allows for a much more pleasant looking end result. We appreciate it when the person submitting gives us several pictures to choose from.

Notes from the photographer - This person reports "I have an iPhone 6 and I used the back camera ... I took the picture in my room which was lit by a tube light and I was turned towards it."

Submission status. - Case accepted. We plan to have this case finished before the middle of August.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Notes about this photo - This image represents just about the lowest quality we are willing to accept. The saving grace for this picture was its large size. (The picture, as shown above, is both cropped down and only 80% of it's original size.).

At our end, a combination of shrinking a picture down and then sharpening it up often creates a reasonably acceptable result. We've tested that approach with this image, and that will work fine (you're seeing the unsharpened image here). If this picture had been submitted as the exact size we need, we would have had to decline it.

Notes from the photographer - This person reports: "It was from an iPhone 6 Rear Camera, HDR ON, just that!"

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - We spent about 30 minutes trying to find a way to sharpen this image up and couldn't.

We keep page stats for each of our individual makeovers. And we know that our sharp and clear makeovers get 3 times the traffic as the lower quality pictures. And site visitors spend 2.5 time longer on each of those pages.

It just comes down to resources, and what it makes sense to dedicate our time to. After all, this service is about creating pages that are interesting and useful for our website visitors.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Of the pictures this person sent in, this one came closest to showing their teeth at the size we need. But obviously the lack of light in the picture results in an image that's too grainy to use. Sunlight often makes a wonderfully natural and bright light source. We've even had people submit pictures that were taken outdoors.

Submission status. - Case accepted. This case has been completed.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Notes about this photo - This image represents the lowest quality we are willing to accept. It was submitted as a full-face photo, where the person's head only filled about 1/2 of the picture. If it had been taken as a 1/2 or 1/3 face photo, with that filling the entire frame, the sharpness of the image would have likely been much greater, or at least given us a chance to improve it.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus. With this picture, it's the lack of clarity of the image that's the problem. In a case like this, there's essentially nothing we can do to sharpen things up.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Lack of image clarity. With this case, the first thing we noticed about the image was its file size. It was around 100kb. Most submitted images that we end up accepting have a file size in the area of 1000kb or more (this typically has to do with the camera's resolution setting that's chosen). This image was a full-face photo. Bringing the camera closer (so to take a 1/2 or 1/3 face photo) might help.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus, Size of teeth in image too small.

Submission status. - Case accepted and completed.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Additional notes - This person submitted 3 images. Each was roughly a 1/3 to 1/2 face photo. We've cropped the one shown above down so it just shows the person's smile. We also shrank the image down by over 66%. (Having a very large picture to start out with always helps us out.)

Also, notice the great lighting in this picture. It makes it so you can see characterization within the enamel itself. And the reflection of the light off the teeth makes for a great picture too.

Notes from the photographer - This person reports "I used my Samsung galaxy s3 phone." The file size for the original picture (a 1/3 face photo) was 2.35 MB. Its dimensions were 4128 X 2322 pixels.

Submission status. - Case accepted and completed.

Submitted photo. ▼

An accepted digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Additional notes - The picture submitted was originally a 1/2 face photo. Before posting it here we cropped it down and shrank it by about 0. (Oiginal dimensions: 1280 X 960 pixels, 1MB)

As you can see, the photo is still a little blurry. But due to the image's very large initial size (over twice as large as we will end up posting) and fairly good lighting, we'll be able to sharpen it up and brighten the left side a little with no problem.

Notes from the photographer - "Taken myself by facing a window and using the front facing cell phone camera on my iPhone 5. I took like 15 in rapid since they can come out blurry when you don't see the picture being taken."

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus, Size of teeth in image too small, Image too dark or grainy.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus.

Additional notes - This picture is taken at a bad angle for our purposes.

Submission status. - Case accepted for makeover simulation.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Additional notes - The picture submitted was originally a 1/3 face photo. Before posting it here we cropped it down to just the smile part and shrank it by about 75%.

The photo is still a little blurry. But since the image had a very large initial size (4 time as large as what we posted) and has decent lighting (notice the reflections of light off the teeth), we'll be able to adjust it to make a good picture.

Notes from the photographer - "That's actually the back (primary) camera on my phone (Moto X.) The only thing I did different is turn on the "HDR" setting. I made sure to take a few pictures and get the best shots I could. I'm not sure whether it made a difference compression wise but I used the USB cable to connect my phone to the PC and sent the photos from my web browser."

Submission status. - Case accepted for makeover simulation.

Submitted photo. ▼

Case accepted for digital smile makeover.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus, Size of teeth in image too small.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus.

Additional notes - This was almost a great picture. Some cameras have a "macro" setting that might be able to pull this shot into focus.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus.

Additional notes - Ideally, the teeth in the image would be slightly larger.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus, Size of teeth in image too small.

Additional notes - Ideally the image would be lighter.

Submission status. - Case accepted for makeover simulation.

Submitted photo. ▼

Case accepted for digital smile makeover.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Submission status. - Sorry but we must decline this request. Please feel free to submit again.

Submitted photo. ▼

A declined digital smile makeover picture.

Reference photo. ▼

Reference cosmetic makeover before picture.

Primary photo deficiencies. - Poor focus, Image too dark or grainy.

 

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