Finding the Perfect Colour for Your Braces
Dental braces are a fantastic method to align and straighten your teeth, and while there may be some uncomfortableness and pain associated, the end result makes it all worthwhile. With more and more people choosing to get braces, including older adults, the fashionable aspect of them has become somewhat of a trend in recent years and coloured braces have added to this.
It’s a trend that was made popular in America, but more and more people around the world are opting for colourful braces, including those in the UK. What’s more is that both private and NHS orthodontic treatment now offer the option of coloured braces, meaning everyone can accessorise them how they want.
What are coloured braces?
Dental braces consist of small metal brackets that are attached to your teeth all throughout your orthodontic treatment. These brackets are moved using a thin wire that is held in place by small elastic bands, that are professionally known as ‘ligature.’ These little elastic bands can come in a variety of colours, everything from clear or white, to purple or orange, and are what make your braces coloured.
Most orthodontic practices will allow you to choose as many colours as you like and let you mix and match as much as possible. Furthermore, these elastic bands are changed every time you visit your orthodontist - which is usually every six to eight weeks - meaning you will be able to try out a few new looks.
However, unfortunately for those attending NHS appointments, there usually is not enough time to pick more than two colours, but it’s always worth speaking to your clinician to see if this is the case on the day.
Choosing Your Perfect Colour
When choosing the perfect colour for your braces, there are a few things you must consider. For example, some colours may suit one skin tone better than others, some colours may stain more than others, and finally, some colours may make your teeth look brighter or more discoloured than others too.
If you have a light skin tone, we recommend opting for colours like light blue, soft reds, dark purple and finally bronze, as these will compliment your skin the most, and make your face seem a lot brighter.
If you have a medium skin tone, we suggest choosing warm greens and blues along with subtle oranges and pinks. As your skin probably has undertones of yellow, olive, and peach, these colours will compliment you best and make your skin look warm and bright.
If you have a dark skin tone, we think you should choose golds, dark blues, pinks, oranges, and even turquoise, greens, and violets as these will best complement your darker tones.
Finally, to make your teeth appear whiter, we recommend staying away from clear bands as they can stain easily and show every leftover piece of food. It’s also not a good idea to choose white, as they can clash with your teeth and make your smile appear yellowish. Instead, we suggest mixing both light and dark colours to create a contrast of colours, which will in turn make your smile appear brighter and your teeth whiter.
Colours To Avoid
There are also some colours that you may wish to avoid as they can make you smile appear different than it really is. Black braces can make your teeth appear as though they are rotting and even make it look like there is leftover food stuck in your teeth. Furthermore, yellow braces can intensify the appearance of yellow-toned teeth, and green or brown may again be mistaken for more food in your teeth.
Mix and Match Your Braces
If you are one of those people who loves to stand out and try something a little different, then you should really consider mix and matching the colours of your braces. Why not try out some pastel colours for a very on-trend vibe or black and white bands for an edgy look.
In addition to this, you may want to match your braces with your favourite colour, or even with the time of the year. For example, why not go for some festive reds and greens for the Christmas season, or even some glow in the dark ones for Halloween.
Caring For Your Coloured Braces
Oral hygiene is essential for maintaining a healthy smile, and while wearing braces this is even more so. If your braces are not cleaned regularly then they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and can result in tooth decay.
To combat this, we recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and if possible after every meal. When it comes to brushing with braces, it advised investing in an electric toothbrush or other orthodontic cleaning equipment, as they will be more effective and will reach all those hard to get areas.
For more information on how to properly care for your teeth, why not take a look at our guide to removing plaque and tartar.