Alright, alright. You have finally accepted the fact that you are going to have to have braces for the next couple of years. So now, let us have some fun with them! We have a ton of braces colors for you to choose from. There is a color out there for everyone. So which color is the right one for you? Well, let us help you out!

How Do They Make Them So Colorful?

There are so many parts that make up braces— from the brackets, the archway, the metal bands that form o-rings on your back teeth, to the elastics and rubber bands that go around each bracket. That is a lot of elements to have in your mouth!

If you want to keep your braces low profile you might choose ceramic braces and brackets, or if you would like to keep your dental treatment as invisible as possible you might choose Invisalign. If either of these sound like the option for you, then you are probably not looking to add color to your mouth. Boring!

If you get typical steel braces, your brackets and wires will be silver. It is the tiny elastics and bands that allow you to turn your mouth into a technicolor lightshow! These elastics get changed during your orthodontic visits every 4 to 6 weeks, so you can change colors to suit your mood or the season. Red for Valentine’s! Black and orange for Halloween! Pink for Easter! You get to switch colors each visit!

Girl with dental braces

Braces Colors to Both Choose and Avoid

Be sure to check with Dr. Ollins before you begin plotting your color scheme, but most of the colors of braces we use include shades of red, blue, green, yellow, purple, pink and orange, as well as gray, silver, gold and black. You can have a whole rainbow in your mouth!

There is no official style guide for braces, but here are a few helpful suggestions to consider when choosing your colors. And if you are looking online at colors, remember that they may appear slightly lighter on your teeth.

If you have a darker skin tone, or maybe get super tan in the summer, you might want to think about gold, dark blue, turquoise, orange, green, violet or pink for your braces. Show off that complexion! Lighter skin tones look great with darker purples, lighter blues, bronze, or subdued tones of red and pink. Highlight that milky skin tone you have going on! Pro-Tip: Darker colors make your teeth appear whiter.

On the flipside lighter colors might make your teeth look more yellow. Think about what you want your pearly whites to be contrasted with. You can choose colors that match or complement your eyes— they are the gateway to the soul after all. Or you can choose colors that complement the color of clothing you often wear. Do you have a school uniform? We can fit you with a color that will make you really pop amongst your peers! Maybe you want to choose the colors of your favorite sports team. Do you live and die by the Mets? We can hook you up with some orange and blue just in time for opening day! For the Fourth of July we can outfit you in red, white and blue to show your patriotism. USA! USA! USA! Get festive with red and green during Christmas to let Old St.Nick know you are ready for that new Ferrari you asked him for. We can even hook you up with glow-in-the-dark bands! No need for a night light in your room.

There are some colors you might want to avoid, however. And these are them. Black elastics may mimic rotting teeth or food stuck in your teeth, while white may actually make your teeth appear more yellowed and stain easily. Nobody wants to look like they have a mouth full of corn kernels! If your enamel already appears slightly yellow, you will want to avoid yellow elastics because they will intensify this effect. Green and brown elastics may be mistaken for food in your teeth. Nobody wants to look like they have spinach stuck in their teeth! If you would like to take a more subtle approach to your braces, clear bands are a good choice. The only downside to clear bands is that they start to look different as time goes by. Food might get stuck in between the bracket and the tooth, and drinking sodas and coffee can stain clear bands, or any type of band in general. Following Dr. Ollin’s instructions and taking care of your teeth can prevent these issues.

colorful braces

Colored bands allow you to express your creativity in unique and fun ways no matter what colors or combinations you choose! If you get tired of, or decide that you do not like your color choices, you can always change them out the next time you pay us a visit. It is just like renting a movie from Redbox!  So whether you decide to go with the brightest colors we offer, or choose or a more subdued color, Ollins Orthodontics has all the options you could want! If you are still stuck, we are more than willing to help you pick out a color combination that fits you and your personality— just like your own personal stylist! If you are in the Essex County area, stop by our office in Nutley or give us a call!