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 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.
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.
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