Once you get the news that you need braces, you have a few important decisions to make. One of those very important decisions is, "What color braces should I get?" Gone are the days when your only options were metal brackets with metal wires. Nowadays, braces come in a veritable rainbow of colors. There are also clear or tooth colored options for people looking for an understated look. Keep the following in mind when picking out the color of your braces.
While some people might be proud of their braces, not everyone wants to advertise to the world that they are having orthodontic work done. If you fall into that category, you're not alone. A paper published in the journal Progress in Orthodontics in 2013 noted that Invisalign has become an increasing popular option for adults who need orthodontic treatment, as many adults are concerned about the appearance of their mouths during the treatment.
If you want invisible or nearly invisible braces, Invisalign isn't your only option. Other types of braces include ceramic braces, which can be the same color as your teeth, and Damon braces, which are clear.
Think of Your Eye Color
Perhaps clear braces don't tickle your fancy, and you're still wondering: What color braces should I get? Another option to consider is your eye color. Depending on the color of your braces, smiling with them can really make your eyes stand out. To find out which color of braces will best complement your eye color, it helps to take a few tips from beauty magazines.
A bit of color theory can be your friend here. Generally speaking, if you choose a braces color that's on the opposite side of the color wheel from your eye color, you'll enhance the color of your eyes. So, if you have green eyes, try choosing red or pink braces. If you have blue eyes, try choosing orange braces. Brown eyes usually have hints of red or orange in them, so either green or blue braces can work.
You can also choose to pick a color that matches with, rather than complements, your eyes. If you have blue eyes, go for blue braces. If you have gray eyes, stick with traditional metal or silver braces, and so on.
Make Your Teeth Look Whiter
Another thing to consider is whether the color of the braces will make your teeth look brighter and whiter or duller and more yellow. For example, unless you have perfectly white teeth, it's usually a good idea to avoid braces that are bright white, as the shocking white color will only make your teeth look dingier.
Usually, blue-based hues help to make teeth look whiter, as Elle Magazine notes. Women who are looking for lipstick colors to make their teeth look whiter are often told to pick cool shades with a bit of blue in them, rather than warm hues with orange or yellow undertones. You can use the same guideline when picking out a color for your braces.
Pick a Color You Like
Once you get your braces, you're going to be wearing them for about two years (average treatment length is 20 months, according to a 2016 article in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics), so it's essential that you actually like the color of your braces. Pick your favorite color, the colors of your favorite sports team or your school's colors, whatever hues make you happy.
Don't forget to keep up a great oral care routine during the time that you're wearing braces (and afterwards). Floss daily and brush twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste such as Colgate Max Fresh with Mini Breath Strips, which freshens breath and fights cavities with a fluoride formula. Seeing both your orthodontist and your general dentist for regular checkups when you're wearing braces is important too. The better you are about seeing your dental team, the sooner you're likely to have your braces off.