At Langley Orthodontics, we offer a range of coloured elastics that allow you to customize and personalize your braces at each adjustment appointment.
Once you've embraced the fact that you’re going to be living with braces for a while, have a little fun by adding colour!
Braces involve quite a few parts, including the brackets, archway, metal bands (o-rings for back teeth) and elastics or bands made of rubber that go around each bracket.
If you've chosen to go with an option like translucent cosmetic braces (and brackets) or Invisalign® to keep your dental treatment as low profile as possible, you’re probably not looking to add color.
However, if you’re getting traditional steel braces, your brackets and wires will be silver, which means they'll stand out a little more. So you might as well add your personal style!
What Gives Braces Their Colors?
The tiny elastics (or bands) that go around your brackets are what allow you to customize the colour of your braces! These elastics are changed during your adjustment appointments every 4 to 6 weeks, so you don’t have to settle for just one colour through your entire treatment. If you like, you can switch colours each visit!
You can even choose different colours of elastics for each tooth from a colour wheel. The Happy Tooth is a resource that provides an online colour selector for braces, allowing you to test out your look virtually first, and then print it out to bring to your next visit.
Choosing Braces Colours
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing colours for your braces, so here are some tips to help you make up your mind:
- Gold, dark blue, turquoise, orange, green, violet or pink may look super if you have a darker skin tone
- Lighter blue, bronze, darker purples or blues and subdued tones of red or pink might complement a lighter skin tone
- Lighter colours can make your teeth look more yellow
- Darker colours may make your teeth appear whiter
- Choose colours that complement the colour of clothing you often wear
- Choose colours that match or complement your eyes
Colours To Avoid
- White may make your teeth appear more yellowed and can stain more easily
- Black elastics may mimic rotting teeth or food in your teeth
- Green or brown elastics may be mistaken for food in your teeth