How to Remove Braces in Photoshop

On this video tutorial, Aaron Nace from Phlearn demonstrates how to use the brush tool to remove braces from teeth using Adobe Photoshop.

This video is a lot more than just a very specific video about removing braces from teeth (let’s face it this is not that common of a problem), instead think of this as a way of learning how to remove small artifacts in a complex part of an image.

What Nace shows is that using either a clone stamp or a healing brush will probably not work too well in this type of scenario as the area that we are working on is too small and these automatic tools will fail one way or another.

Nace suggests to use the brush tool and work in two stages – the first is to use a 20%-30% flow to paint over the area using color from the rest of the teeth and then do a blending to make the tooth look more natural using about 10% flow.

A final step that Nace suggest is to use a large soft brush and paint white over the teeth using a soft light blend mode which will brighten the teeth just a bit more.

This is not the first time we cover techniques for whitening teeth in Photoshop. Last year we had Aaron Nace from Phlearn “The Right Way to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop” and before that “How to Remove Red Eye & Whiten Teeth in Photoshop” with Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes, “How to Fix Yellow Teeth in Photoshop and Lightroom” with  Howard Pinsky and “How To Fix Teeth In Adobe Photoshop” with Terry White and “How To Whiten Teeth in Camera RAW” with  Ben Willmore.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section (and you can find a lot more Phlearn videos on our special Phlearn subsection).

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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