One of the best things about NHS orthodontic treatment is that you have the option to customise the colour of your braces – so you can make them stand out or blend in depending on your mood.
Your brace consists of small metal brackets, which are attached to your teeth for the duration of your treatment. These brackets are moved using a thin wire, which is held in place using tiny elastic bands, also known as ligatures.
These bands come in an array of different and exciting colours – from subtle ‘clear’ and ‘pearl’ to statement colours such as ‘fire red’ and ‘bubble gum’. You can even choose to combine two different colours for a bespoke look and maximum impact!
Colour choices at Total Orthodontics
Every time we adjust your brace – approximately every 6–8 weeks – your orthodontist or therapist will change your elastic bands, giving you the opportunity to change your colour scheme.
Some patients prefer to keep things inconspicuous and opt for ‘clear’, ‘pearl’ or ‘tooth’ coloured bands, while others unleash their creativity. Think ‘red’ and ‘green’ at Christmas, or ‘orange’ and ‘black’ for Halloween. Just remember that you’ll be wearing your chosen colours for around two months, so choose wisely.
Do light colours stain?
While lighter colours such as ’white’ and ‘clear’ are less obtrusive they can be more prone to staining, for example following a curry. So if you’re a fan of colourful foods you may want to choose something slightly darker. ‘Grey’ or ‘silver’ can be good choices if you’d like something discreet and stain proof as they’ll blend in well with your metal brackets.
Some patients also choose to avoid colours that may be mistaken for bits of food – for example green. Yellow is also relatively unpopular for obvious reasons!
Our advice: have some fun and get creative! Don’t let your braces hold you back or stop you showing off a confident smile.
For some brace colour inspiration, head over to our Pinterest board on this very topic.