You have just been told that you have to get braces. What do you do next? Do you dread the process because you hate the thought of having boring, old braces? Instead of dreading the news of needing braces you should be getting ready to pick out the colors for your braces. Picking out the colors of your braces is good news because adding color to your braces adds color to your smile. Adding colors to braces alleviates the classic stereotype of traditional, boring, silver metal braces. Why not add a pop of color to your braces? After all, you are going to be wearing them for a couple of years anyway. There are a few colors to choose from. You can choose one color, two colors, or three colors. Before giving you examples of which colors to choose from let’s explore how colors get added to the braces.
While some people go for invisible braces, for other patients traditional braces are necessary. What a lot of people don’t know is that the bands (elastic ligatures) that hold the braces together come in a variety of colors. Colored braces can turn your smile into a fashion statement or an expression of your personal style which can make a huge difference. The difficult part is choosing the color, especially if your orthodontist offers lots of choices. Red, green, and blue are the standard ones, but more and more orthodontists are offering a much wider variety of colors to suit anyone’s style.
How Is Color Added to Braces?
Most people know that braces have many parts to them such as brackets, archways, metal bands, and elastics (or rubber) that form around each bracket. Traditional braces are not like other types of braces such as ceramic braces or Invisalign. Ceramic and Invisalign are an option for those who would not like to draw attention to their dental work. These are also dental braces to keep your braces as invisible as possible. With the two choices mentioned, there is no need to opt for color because these choices don’t support them and going ‘colorless’ is the main focus of the options.
The wires on traditional braces are silver in color as the rest of the braces are. What allows the color to be added to the braces are the elastic bands. These elastic bands get changed with every orthodontist visit you go to every 4-6 weeks. With that in mind, you can switch up your color each time you visit your orthodontist if you’d like. No more stressing about which color to select now that you know you don’t have to choose one set of colors for the whole duration of the treatment.
What to Consider When Choosing Your Colors?
The most common colors to choose from are basic colors such as red, blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, orange, gray, silver, gold, and black. These colors can range from light to dark shades depending on what colors you want and what pattern you want them in. The first thing to consider when choosing colors for your braces is color perception. Color perception can be perceived as taking your desired color into account when choosing colors for braces. For example, skin tones play a part in choosing the colors for your braces and pulling off the look.
If you have a light skin tone colors like light and dark blue, bronze, dark purple and certain tones of red and pink will look desirable and compliment your skin tone. For darker skin tones you may want to consider colors such as gold, turquoise, orange, green, violet, pink, and dark blue. You may have to experiment by thinking of relevant color matchups in your head. You can also compare colors side by side. For example, if you are a female, you can experiment with colors by using eyeshadow. Once you find a color that compliments your eyes, you can consider using the color for your braces. For a male, you may want to consider certain scenarios such as colors of clothing that you wear frequently.
Still in doubt? Consider this: darker colors make your teeth appear whiter. Lighter colors may make your teeth appear more yellow. If you are not happy with your initial choice of colors, you can always switch up your colors as the seasons change. For instance, Valentine’s day (red), Christmas (green and red), Easter (pink), St. Patrick’s Day (green), 4th of July (red, white, and blue), Halloween (glow in the dark bands that appear clear until you cut off the light) and so forth. If you are in school, you can consider changing your braces to match your school colors or support your favorite sports team.
A few things to steer clear of certain include colors that cause your teeth to look like there are food particles stuck in between. Innocent colors like black, green, or brown can give people around you the wrong impression. If you choose these colors it may look like you have rotting food in your teeth which no one wants. Choosing the color black for braces can be a hit or miss depending if you want to mix the color black or choose black as the only color for your elastics.
Braces Colors Ideas
- Favorite color: You can consider your personal taste. The elastics will be changed at each appointment, so if you are dissatisfied with the color you can talk to your dentist about changing it. You will be stuck with it for six to eight weeks, but at least no longer. If your braces have connected elastic ligatures, you are limited to one color. If you have the more traditional single elastic, then you can have a rainbow of colors.
- Holidays and Events: You can consider your national flag, the colors of your favorite sport team, etc. Some dentists might even have all of the colors of the rainbow. Or you can just pick color(s) that you like. If you are taking your child to the orthodontist, letting them pick their own colors can make everything less stressful. Kids may choose ridiculous colors, but let them express themselves. Braces suck enough without an adult telling you you can’t have hot pink if you want. Many teenagers like to choose their favorite color or their school’s colors.
Brace adjustments are generally every six weeks, so that is how often you can change the colors. This means you can choose colors to celebrate a holiday or a special occasion. Red and green for Christmas, perhaps? Or if somebody’s getting married, you can find out their wedding colors and choose something close. Your orthodontist has to replace the bands anyway, so they will not mind giving you a new color or colors for the occasion.
Before your appointment, ask if your orthodontist has a color palette or color wheel. It’s best to look at their wheel as not all orthodontists offer the same colors, but there are a variety of online color pickers that will show you what they look like on a sample mouth. You can also ask what brand your orthodontist uses, and then look at the brand’s website for available colors. By looking at the colors in advance you can think things through, look at your wardrobe, etc, rather than being on the spot in the chair. Colors tend to look darker on screen and lighter when actually on your teeth, so go for a shade darker than you think you want. Choosing in advance is less stressful and will make sure that colored braces do not add to the length of your appointment. The orthodontist will appreciate a head’s up so they can have the right bands handy. For unusual colors they may even have to order them, or they may be running low on a color and need the time to order more. It might be a good idea to have a backup color in mind in case there is a supply problem at the time of your appointment. Once at your appointment, confirm your color choice with your orthodontist and double check that they have it right so you get the smile you want.
Regardless of the color you choose, making your braces part of your personal style can lessen the effect they have on your (or your child’s) self esteem. Colored braces are a relatively new thing, and they make the annoyance of orthodontic treatment just a little bit cooler and more fun. Talk to your orthodontist about your options when you are told you need braces. While some people prefer nearly invisible ceramic braces and clear ties, for others embracing the fact that they need braces can make the entire experience much more fun.
Why Choose Clear Braces (Transparent Braces)?
There are many reasons to choose clear braces. One reason is that they can boost self-esteem and confidence during treatment. Clients can attend school, partake in social events, and work customer-facing jobs without having their treatment devices display so obviously. Another reason to choose clear braces is for the cosmetic novelty. Teeth-colored braces are highly fashionable and trendy. They’re an enjoyable option for clients in any age bracket. This innovative option proves that orthodontic care is not at all uptight, dreadful, or unattractive. Patients all over the world are excited about choices like clear braces because they’re fun, and they allow them to correct their teeth discreetly.
Even the color white has its downfalls too. White may seem like a solid color that some people may want but should avoid. White is the color that teeth should be so of course if you choose white elastics the color will be compared to your teeth. Choosing the color white for your braces may make your teeth appear to be more yellow than they are if your teeth are not already whitened. To make things a little more complex, white elastics stain a little easier than any color. The last color you should avoid is yellow. If your teeth are white, yellow elastic may make your teeth appear to be yellow. If your enamel has even the slightest bit of yellow, yellow elastics may amplify this effect. Either way, you may be able to get away with adding yellow to braces if you do it in a tasteful manner or pattern.
Still unsure? Ask your orthodontist for recommendations. Ready for braces? Visit Omega Dental Specialists at omegadentists.com to schedule your first appointment with our friendly team of orthodontists. We strive to make provide you with quality care and make your orthodontic experience gentle and pain-free. We are more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you have about the process of apply braces and picking out colors.
How to Pick the Best Braces Color?
There are several things you should take into account when choosing the color of your braces:
- The color of your teeth. If you have very white teeth, they will look even whiter if you choose black, dark purple, navy, or another dark color. If your teeth are yellow, then clear or silver bands look best, but avoid yellow and gold, which will make them look even yellower.
- Clear and white bands can stain easily and take on the color of your food. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee this will be even worse, turning the bands ugly yellow or brown.
- Take into account your skin and hair color. Darker skin can look best with dark blue, turquoise, or orange. Light complexion and hair looks best in colors such as raspberry, plum, and bluish red. Think about colors that look good on you in general. Light green bands complement brown eyes well, while blue eyes can look good with blue, pink, and lilac.
- Think about your wardrobe. If you have colors you constantly go back to, then pick one of those colors. If your wardrobe is all over the place, then go for a neutral color that goes with anything.
- Avoid dark green and dark brown, both of which can look from any distance as if you have food stuck in your teeth. The same issue can happen over time with clear or white bands. If you find that this happens to you, or if you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or dark colored soda, then change to a new color at your next appointment.
- Avoid colors you simply don’t like, even if somebody else thinks they look good on you. Having braces in your mouth can be embarrassing enough. Making them something you want to show off helps, but choosing a color you want to hide will just result in ugly close-mouthed smiles.
What color braces should I get for Halloween?
One of the best parts of having braces is picking what color bands you’ll get each month. Embrace the process and have some fun with it. We love to see what color combos our unique patients think up. If you are stumped about what colors to pick for Halloween season, we have a few ideas to get you started.
Black and Purple
Purple is a classic Halloween color, and when you combine it with black, your mouth will surely take on the spirit of the season. Purple and black is a bit more subdued and is a fun choice that will carry you through October and November.
Orange and Black
Orange and black are classic Halloween colors and one of the most popular color combinations for braces during this time of year. The colors also hold up well for the month they will be on and make it easy for you to show your Halloween spirit in October and November.
Halloween is all about scaring the people around you and enjoying some good-natured fun. Red bands can give your braces a bit of gory look, and invoke the feeling of blood. Scare some of your friends with bright red or burgundy bands.
Orange, White and Yellow
Depending on the brand of bands your doctor uses, you may have a variety of colors and hues to choose from, but for Halloween, you can’t go wrong with picking colors that look like candy corn. Alternating between orange, white and yellow will make your braces look just like the classic Halloween candy, and what’s cooler than that?
If you feel a little self-conscious about having braces, there is no reason for that. Braces can be a fun fashion accessory is you are willing to embrace them. Make the entire process a little more enticing by picking cool color combinations that show off your personality and match the season. Let us know what your favorite Halloween color combination is!