A How to Guide to Picking the Color of Your Braces
Much like picking out a pair of glasses or dying one’s hair, choosing the color of your braces is a decision that will last a while. It can be a lifestyle shift for sure given that the braces will most likely be seen by anyone you speak to. And for some, the decision of what color their braces should be can be a tough one. But it certainly doesn’t have to be as choosing the color can actually be quite fun. From red, green, purple, blue, pink, you name it, we’ve compiled a list of tips to make choosing your braces color a breeze.
For those who never had to wear braces, or those who are just about to get fitted, there’s a common misconception that aside from clear, there is one only color for braces. And it is true that in years past, there were only a few colors to select from. Most picture the ordinary metallic look that you see in movies and on tv. But there’s actually a plethora of colors, and that can be why it’s hard to choose just one. Today, these are the colors you can choose from:
- Tooth color
- Gold rush, Bronze
- Silver, Grey, Black
- Lime, Shamrock, Green
- Aqua, Teal, Light blue, Blue, Navy
- Purple, Lilac
- Burgundy, Red, Fine red, Rose
- Pink, Bubblegum, Coral
- Dark orange, orange, yellow
Change Them Often
Another big misconception is that when you choose your color for your braces, you’re stuck with the decision as if it’s a tattoo. But that’s simply not the case as you’ll be visiting your dentist often for them to tighten your braces. During these regular appointments, you can actually opt to change out the color as well. This means that you can have different color braces regularly and won’t have to marry to one look.
The Optimal Color
The big question after sifting through the many colors to choose from is just exactly which one is right to go with. And at first, that can be a pretty daunting task. Because at the end of the day there are many things to consider when picking out the colors for your braces. Do you want the braces to match your hair color? Your jacket? Do you want the colors to represent the changing seasons to some extent? These are questions that you must ask yourself before you choose your color. You may not want to go with a bright yellow if you typically wear dark colors. Or maybe you have red hair and don’t want your braces to match. The choice will require some careful consideration for sure.
What do the colors represent?
For the most part, like a mood ring or an emoji, colors can actually represent more than let’s say blue for the sky, or green for grass. Colors can go far beyond that and represent a tone and mood. For example, going back to the color red, it’s often associated with things like power, strength, and courage. Below are some other representations for colors that you might want to keep in mind:
- Yellow: Often associated with being cheerful and happy.
- Orange: A creative mind, someone who generally is thrilled or enthusiastic about things.
- Purple: Signs of wealthy, magic, royal
- Blue: Calm, loyal, intelligent
- Green: bright future and an ability to grow
These are just a few, but now that you know what these colors are often associated with, what do you want your colors to represent?
Things to think about before you choose your color
By now you’ve seen that there are not only many colors to choose from, but that you don’t have to stick with just one. And the fun part can be deciding what message you want to send to the world by choosing the color of your braces. Do you want to convey courage, or do you want to wear purple and represent a little bit of royalty? Either way, with all that being said, there are still a few things to think about before you choose your color.
- Diet: What do you typically eat day to day, or more importantly, what do you eat? It may sound like a crazy question but if you’re drinking a lot of liquids that are going to stain your teeth, you may not want to opt for lighter colors such as white.
- Teeth color: Are your teeth pearly white to begin with? Then think about what colors go well with that. You may not want to go with black given the giant contrast. And you may not want to go with something like yellow as it may stand out a little too much.
Some ideas to get you started
Now that you have eliminated the colors that you don’t want, it’s time to shift the focus on the colors that you do. You already know what the colors represent, but the question to now ask yourself is what do the colors represent to you? Do you like blue for your favorite sports team? Or do you like red because it reminds you of a holiday? Here are some common things that people think about when choosing a color that means something to them:
Your all time favorite color
At the end of the day, the choice of what color you get for your braces can actually be an easy one. What’s your favorite color? A lot of people go this route. Because maybe they’ve loved green their entire life and just can’t picture their braces any other shade. And that’s perfectly okay. Go with your heart on the matter.
Favorite shirt or dress
Do you always wear a red shirt or have a favorite dress in a certain color? Then maybe the answer has been before you all along. Why not match that favorite wardrobe piece?
Sometimes, we tend to pick colors based off of times that mean the most to us. For instance, Halloween is typically orange and black. For some who love this holiday, they may opt to get their braces in a similar color. Or maybe your school has certain colors that you want to take everywhere with you.
Every sports team has a signature color. If you consider yourself a super fan, then why not color your braces to match your favorite team? Maybe it’ll even bring them good luck!
Do people constantly compliment you on your eye color or do you feel like you have eyes that stand? Then that’s the perfect opportunity to get a color in your braces that highlight that. How often can you find an item that brings out your eyes even more?
There are many things to consider when choosing your braces color, but one thing is for sure: it can be fun. As you can see, you can also make it a personalized experience and make your braces align with the things that mean most to you. The key is to not stress and to enjoy it. If you’ve looked over all these options and feel like you don’t want to go the metallic, colored route, then there are other clear braces options out there like invisible ceramic. Either way, be sure to find your nearest dentist and get started today!