What Color Braces Should I Get? A Guide to Help You Find the Perfect Shade

Closeup of colored braces on white teeth

Since this website is dedicated to colors, we thought we would discuss some of the popular braces colors that are all the rage in 2020. Braces come in a wide range of colors these days. Some braces are made specifically for boys while others are specifically designed for girls. Then there are special braces for adults too. These days, many people go in for braces to align their teeth, and it is not just teenagers who are getting braces.

If you are wondering what color braces to get, these tips will help you choose.

What are colored braces?

If you have crooked teeth or teeth that tend to leave your mouth open, then the best way to deal with it is by using braces. Braces pull back the teeth and align them properly to give you that coveted million-dollar-smile. An orthodontist will decide if braces are the right option for you.

In the past, there weren’t too many options when it came to braces colors. People had no choice but to choose dull and dark metal braces. You had to keep the braces on for a few years, sometimes longer if your teeth were very crooked. You still have to these days, but there are more options now. You can even buy invisible or ceramic braces which are completely transparent and virtually invisible.

You can also choose colored braces. Colored braces are not much different than metallic braces. They only have a colored band between the metal plates that hold them together. Dentists and designers have made things more interesting by imparting fun and quirky shapes. So, it is not surprising to see braces in heart shape, flower shape, bead-shaped, and other varieties. You can also have multi-colored braces to kick things a notch higher!

Today, you are literally spoilt for choice as you have hundreds of colors to choose from. You can even customize your own braces with the help of an orthodontist.

How to choose the right braces colors

Variety of different colored braces

Your orthodontist will show you a braces color palette that will help you select the right colors. Remember, you may need to keep your braces on for 18-24 months. So, always select the color you are comfortable with. Of course, you can always change the braces; your orthodontist can easily use different colored bands, should you get bored with the color or if you aren’t happy with your earlier choice.

Here are some tips to help you select the right colors for your braces.

Based on gender

The best colors for your braces can be your favorite color. But if you are a guy, you can go in for blue, grey, white, silver, clear, tooth-colored, black, navy, aqua, or gold braces. Girls can go in for pink, cranberry, lavender, purple, peach, neon, and other feminine colors.

According to age

Adults also have plenty of choices in braces colors. But, if you are a working professional, then you may want to keep things formal and make sure that your braces do not attract too much attention. This is especially the case if you have a client or a customer-facing job. In such cases, it is best to go for invisible braces or light-colored braces like gray, smoky, clear, white, metallic silver, etc.

To suit your eye/hair/skin color

Fair skin toned people can go for silver, light blue, light pink, etc. Darker or olive skin toned people can go for brighter shades like navy, black, gold, aqua, violet, purple, and so on. Dark-haired people can also opt for darker shades in braces colors. If you have blue eyes, select colors that match them.

For different season or festivals

Teenagers or school-going kids can select colors that complement their school. You can also choose holiday colors like green and red for Christmas or yellow-orange during fall or Halloween. In summers, go for cool and bright colors. In winter, you can choose warmer colors.

To honor your country’s flag

Americans could select red, white, and blue colored braces to show their patriotism. People in other countries can similarly choose the colors of their flag. Alternatively, pick a sport you love and choose its team colors.

Based on the color of your teeth

Multi colored yellow and red braces

Certain colors can end up making your teeth look yellower than they are. So if your original dental shade is yellow, avoid contrasting shades of white, red, etc. Instead, go for invisible, transparent, or metallic braces. Black, purple, dark blue or navy are colors that can make yellow teeth look whiter.

Some colors are best avoided

Avoid greens and browns as they may look as if food particles are stuck in the teeth. It is also best to avoid very dark colors as they draw attention to the teeth. If you do not want people looking at your braces, then it is best to go in for invisible, light-colored or metallic braces.

Know the potential negative effects

Some colored braces look fantastic at first, but over time, they can have certain negative effects:

  • White/transparent braces tend to develop stains over time
  • Green braces look like food/spinach is stuck in the teeth
  • White braces tend to make yellow teeth look yellower
  • Dark blue, green, orange, bright or neon colors tend to make pale or fair skin look paler. So only choose dark colors if you have a darker complexion.
  • Soft pink, teal, dark purple, etc. makes brown or olive skin tones look darker. Go for lighter colors if you have pale or fair skin.

Quiz: What colors of braces should you get

Green and yellow braces

Here is a simple questionnaire to help you decide what colors to choose:

  • What is my favorite color?
  • Are my teeth in good condition or are they chipped, cracked, or crooked?
  • What is my personality like? Am I shy, bold, outgoing?
  • How many times do I brush my teeth?
  • What kind of clothes do I usually wear?
  • Why do I need braces? Is it because the dentist suggested it or because my friends felt I need them or simply because I need to see how I would look with them?
  • What is the color of my teeth?
  • When I smile, I show all my teeth, only the upper teeth, only the lower teeth, or none at all?

Based on the quiz answers, you can get insight into your personality.

Blue

Choose blue braces if you are shy, smart, down-to-earth and if your favorite color is blue or in the family of cool colors.

Baby pink

If you listen to your friends, are shy, timid, or usually wear feminine colors, then pink, peach, and other feminine colors are your best choice in braces too.

Red

Select red braces if you are passionate, energetic, confident, want to attract attention, have teeth in great condition (clean, white teeth). Red also suits people who are not afraid of showing all their teeth while smiling.

Purple/lavender

This is the color for boys or girls who are quiet and introverted. They are also wise and they know they need braces because their dentist has suggested it and not because a friend or pop culture demands it. Purple or violet braces also suit people with slightly yellow or yellowish teeth.

Conclusion

Your braces colors can easily be your favorite color if you prefer. However, it is recommended to refer to the braces color palette. Your orthodontist can show you how that works and guide you in the selection process.