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Choosing your brace’s colours

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

Braces colours

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.

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14 Responses to Choosing your brace’s colours

  1. Sarah lampard-Sawyer 25th August 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    I’d like to book a free consultation for my daughter who is 12. We are interested in finding out about the clear fixed braces.

  2. Total Orthodontics 26th August 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Hi Sarah

    Thanks for getting in touch, please give us a call on 0800 781 0035 and we’ll get you booked in for a free NHS assessment.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  3. Ali 29th August 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Hi I’m 18. Would I be eligible for a free consultation. Also what would the cost of the braces be if I do opt for them.
    Thank you

  4. Total Orthodontics 29th August 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Ali

    Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, absolutely, you are entitled to a free private consultation with a specialist orthodontist.

    The cost of your treatment will depend on how complex your case is and the brace that you choose. You can find some more information on the ‘cost of braces’ page here on our website. Following your consultation you’ll be given a personalised quote.

    If you’d like to arrange a consultation please call 0800 781 0035 or you can get in touch here on our website using the contact form.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  5. Chloe 27th September 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Hi I’m 18 I had braces when I was 16 for a year Ive been wearing my retainer ever since and they are still moving. I’m forever spending a fortune buying new retainers as I grind my teeth in my sleep. Is there something else that can be done to help me keep my teeth together it’s starting to get me down

  6. Total Orthodontics 27th September 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Chloe

    Sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been experiencing. If your teeth are moving despite your retainer fitting well then you most likely need a fixed retainer. If you are grinding your teeth you would also benefit from a removable retainer but perhaps one made from a more durable material.

    If you are local to us, please give us a call on 0800 781 0035 if you would like to arrange an appointment.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  7. Molly 3rd October 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    I have a few questions about braces colours:
    How many colours can you choose at one time?
    And are those above the only colours?

  8. Total Orthodontics 5th October 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Molly

    Yes, these are all the colours we offer at the moment. You can choose one or two different colours 🙂

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  9. Jonathon 17th October 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Can you have rainbow colours?

  10. Total Orthodontics 17th October 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Jonathon

    Unfortunately there’s not usually time for more than two colours during NHS appointments, but it’s always worth speaking to your clinician.

    Kindest regards

    Total Orthodontics

  11. Sarah 19th October 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    I was just wondering when I would need to get braces? I have still got to lose 2 baby teeth and I will probably need 1 removed.

  12. Sarah 19th October 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    Which colours stand out the best

  13. Total Orthodontics 21st October 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi Sarah

    You’ll need to have a chat with your dentist about this. When you are ready for treatment they will refer you to an orthodontist for an NHS assessment.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  14. Total Orthodontics 21st October 2016 at 2:11 pm #


    Bright, bold colours are usually the most noticeable e.g. red, blue, green, or even black!

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

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