A woman wearing multicolored braces sits in the grass and smiles.

Braces are a common and very necessary part of orthodontic health for many people. However, getting the bands put on is a big commitment, and it can be challenging to know what color will look best with your appearance and smile. Orthodontists are used to receiving this question, but the experts at Rogers and Andrews Orthodontics know the answer! 

In this guide, we’ll discuss a few easy ways you can facilitate the process of choosing a braces color, as well as how you can ensure that you’re making the right decision — both for your oral health and your overall aesthetic!

Step #1: Know the color options

Every orthodontist may have a slightly different selection of colored bands, while some may specialize exclusively in transparent braces with no color at all. For this reason, ask your orthodontist as soon as possible what color options they offer. That way, you’ll have the time to figure out what you prefer and what’s likely to look and feel great.

Step #2: Identify your preferred color(s)

There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting the color of your braces. For instance, is there a difference between your favorite color and the color you wear most often? Or are you planning to change your hair color sometime soon? You might even consider if there are some holidays coming up, and whether you might pick your bands to correspond with the festivities around the corner!

Just as you wouldn’t wear an outfit that didn’t make you look your best, you don’t want to pick a braces color that won’t complement your natural features. If you know you wear red a lot, you can match your braces to your favorite pair of sneakers. Or if you have a favorite color and you know that won’t change for a while, go for it. 

There are, however, some braces colors that are harder to “pull off” than others. We’ll discuss those in the next section.

Step #3: Know the colors to avoid

The truth can hurt, but don’t they say that beauty is pain? If you want to look and feel your most confident, know which braces color are a good idea to avoid. 

If you struggle to keep your teeth as white as you’d like, yellow-toned and goldish hues are likely to emphasize this coloration. Darker colors, on the other hand, can create a nice contrast effect and actually make your teeth look whiter! Blues and purples are popular options for boys and girls alike.

If green or brown are some of your favorite colors, that’s awesome! However, they might not look the best in your mouth because, depending on the shade, these tints can resemble food stuck in your teeth. Neon green works for people with darker skin tones, but let’s be real: dark green is going to look like spinach no matter who you are.

Lastly, be wary of white braces bands. Have you ever tried to match a white top to white bottoms and found that they were slightly different shades? The same problem will manifest between your lips if you opt for white bands, as these tend to fade and become discolored over time and with consumption of pigmented foods. And in the same way that yellows can emphasize yellow teeth, a too-white set of bands can make your teeth look duller.

Step #4: Consider all of your options

Now that you’ve identified the colors available, considered your favorite tones, and (hopefully) developed realistic expectations of what will look best, it’s time to make a choice and get your vibrancy on! 

But if it’s available at your orthodontist, consider that there are alternatives to metal braces. Invisalign is a popular tooth aligner that uses clear trays similar to a retainer or mouthguard. If you don’t mind wearing these at least 22 hours per day, they might be a good option. But if you find yourself unable to stay in “lign” that long, metal braces are probably a more feasible choice.

Some orthodontists offer clear and ceramic braces that are designed to blend in with your smile more. They use a thinner metal band and transparent brackets to lessen the contrast between your mouth and the metal. However, like Invisalign, this option requires very careful attention to brushing frequently and drinking enough water to prevent discoloration.

Clearly, there are a plethora of options when selecting your braces color. There is no right or wrong choice to make, but there are certain best practices depending on your personal style, preferences, and lifestyle. 

Talk with your orthodontist to get some ideas on what might work well for you and your smile. The experts at Rogers and Andrews Orthodontics have been helping patients pick their perfect braces and teeth aligners for years. Why not contact us? After all, if we help beautify smiles, we must have an artistic eye of some sort!