So, you’ve accepted the idea that you need to get braces and that you’re probably going to have them for the next couple of years. If you’ve chosen not to get invisible braces (Invisalign, etc.) or ceramic braces (and brackets) you’ve probably decided to keep a low profile when it comes to your braces. If not, you can jazz up your traditional braces by adding a colorful stylish edge, flashing color every time you smile. The question is, how are the colors added and which do you choose? The following information will help.
What Provides Braces with Their Colors?
Braces consist of many parts, including the archway, brackets, metal bands and elastics and/or bands made out of rubber that fit around each bracket. It’s these tiny elastics/bands that make it possible to colorize your smile. Since these elastics get changed out during orthodontic appointments (every 4 to 6 weeks), you’ll be able to change colors if you like, each time you visit. This means that you’ll never get tired of a particular color because you’ll be able to change things up every few weeks. Some orthodontists even let you pick out different color elastics for every tooth from their color wheel. Believe it or not, these elastics are available in between 20 to 30 colors.
Here are some fun color braces ideas and suggestions.
ï Choose a color or colors that complement your beautiful eyes.
ï Select colors that go with the color of clothes you wear most often.
ï Show support for your favorite sports team by proudly wearing their colors.
ï Dark blue, gold, green, pink, orange, turquoise and violet usually pair well with darker skin tones.
ï Lighter shades tend to make teeth look more yellow. In contrast, darker colors make teeth look whiter.
ï Lighter blue, darker blues and purples, bronze and lighter tones of pink and red usually go well with lighter skin tones.
ï Get festive with green and red during the Christmas holidays, pink and blue for Easter, red, white and blue for the 4th of July, etc. For Halloween, you can opt for “glow in the dark” bands that look clear in the light but magically glow in the dark.
What Colors to Avoid
If your tooth enamel appears to be a bit yellow, avoid yellow elastics because they’ll intensify the effect. White elastics can also make your enamel appear more yellow and they stain easily. Black elastics mimic the look of rotting teeth, or look like there’s food in your teeth as can brown or green.
Go ahead, have some fun wearing your braces, adding pizzazz with a bit, or a lot of color; it’s your choice. If you’re not sure about which colors to choose, just ask your orthodontist for a recommendation. They’ll be able to help you choose, based on your current enamel color. You’re about to be committing at least 18 to 24 months wearing braces, so why not have some fun with them? Take advantage of this great opportunity to express yourself with a multi-colored smile.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.