Deciding on a color for your braces can be both fun and stressful.
Fun because you get to add a personal touch to a treatment that has few positives until it is completed and your braces have been removed. Stressful because if you make a bad choice, you’ll be stuck with that color or color combination for months.
That’s why we’ve come up with this quick guide to choosing the color of braces.
Braces Colors to Avoid
In this case, it’s easiest to point out which colors not to choose first.
The main things you want to avoid are colors that make your teeth look yellow, mimic decay, or become discolored over time.
Clear bands can highlight food particles in your teeth and become discolored over time.
White braces highlight the natural yellow in your teeth and become discolored more easily than other colors.
Yellow and other light colors can also enhance the natural yellow in your teeth.
Black braces can mimic tooth decay or food particles, especially as they fade over time.
Certain shades of brown and green can look like food particles against yellower teeth.
Whatever color you pick, do a good job of keeping your braces clean. Otherwise, they will end up food-colored. That is the worst color.
Speaking of good looks, let’s get into those:
How to Choose the Best Braces Color
There really is no such thing as “the best braces color”.
In fact, there are lots of criteria you can base your choice on. Keep in mind that you will be able to choose many different colors over the full time you have braces.
You can also usually pick multiple colors at once. The overall selection and number of colors you can choose at once depend on the brands of elastics your orthodontist uses.
There are lot’s of ways you can pick a braces color. We’ll get you started with some ideas.
Colors Based on Features
Selecting colors that compliment your natural look is always a good option.
You might choose the same color as your eyes, especially if you tend to accessorize around that color as well.
You can also choose a color based on your hair or skin tone.
Darker skin and hair tones look good with jewel colors like turquoise, emerald, violet, navy, orange, or pink. Neon colors and pastels can both provide great contrast.
Lighter skin and hair tones look best with either bright colors or darker colors. Choose pink, light blue, navy, violet, dark red, bronze, or deep green.
Or, you might choose the color of your braces based on your wardrobe.
Colors Based on Style
If you’ve heard of matching looks with your natural features, this one might make more sense to you.
You can choose the color of your braces based on the clothes and accessories you wear.
You can choose your braces based on:
- The colors you wear most
- Your favorite pair of shoes
- Your favorite pair of earrings
- Your favorite hat or hair accessory
- Your favorite color of eyeshadow
- Your favorite color of nail polish
Be creative and have fun with it. After all, you’re likely to cycle through at least five different colors or color combinations.
You might as well have a little fun with it.
Colors That Mean Something to You
Braces are a great way to express yourself.
You can choose colors based on different things that mean something to you.
Some examples would be:
- Your school colors
- The colors of your favorite team
- Upcoming holidays
- Red, white, and blue
- Other colors of your heritage
- Colors of other organizations you are apart of
Again, be creative. The color of braces you choose might not be that big a deal, but you will have to look at them everyday. You might as well choose something that remind you of who you are.
But that’s your choice. Some people prefer to just pick colors they like or based on random combinations.
6 More Braces Color Combinations
Now if you’re still stuck, you’re in luck.
There are a variety of popular color combinations that look good on lots of people. Match them up with the categories above or take one and run with it!
Aqua and Yellow: Let your smile take people back to the beach.
Neon Green and Pink: Watermelon is always a good choice.
Pink and Purple: You can make this combo mellow or bright.
Baby Blue and Navy: The contrast helps whiten the look of teeth.
Orange and Blue: This is always a dependable color combination.
Black and Red: So many guys wear these colors consistently.
If you’re still having trouble making a decision, the best thing you can do is just go orthodontist’s office. Not only will this put the pressure on you, but they will probably also have tools to help you get an idea how different colors will look on you.
Once you’ve made a selection, there are still steps you need to take to ensure that the colors you’ve chosen can be seen.
Keep Braces Looking Good—No Matter the Color
As we mentioned before, the worst color of braces is food-colored.
Nothing makes your smile worse than food in your teeth. Unfortunately, braces make that possibility much more likely. And worse, this often leads to further damage.
It is best to avoid sticky foods when you have braces. It is also essential that you take proper care of your teeth. Having bread or chocolate caked on your tooth is one thing, but allowing your that debris to stick around will cause further problems.
Many braces patients end up with teeth that are several shades darker after braces. That’s because dental care with braces is more difficult; most people end up giving lessing effort. So your teeth end up straight, but look less healthy.
Do a poor enough job taking care of your teeth and you may do permanent damage to your adult teeth. This may lead to more costly procedures and the premature loss of your original smile.
In this way, taking care of your braces protect a more important color: the color of your actual teeth.
At this point, you should have some good ideas about which color or colors of braces you might want to choose. Perhaps more importantly, you also know which ones not to choose.
From here, all you have is an appointment with your orthodontist to make your selection. Remember to keep them clean so they can do their job.
After all, the color isn’t permanent. But your real teeth are.