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How to Choose the Best Braces Colors to Brighten Your Smile

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Did you know that the human eye can see up to 10 million colors? Sure, there aren’t that many different color braces to choose from, but there are a lot, which can make picking the right combo for you a tad overwhelming.

To make things even trickier, knowing what colors to avoid is just as important as knowing what colors to choose. In fact, it’s almost more important to know what colors not to choose, so you can keep your smile looking white and bright despite having your braces.

So what color braces are the best options for your smile? And what color braces go well together? If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, wonder no longer, because we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ll help you decide which braces colors you should go with next, as well as a few tips and tricks to make your smile look the best with braces.

Now then, let’s get started!

Know Which Colors to Avoid

Before we talk about which color braces look the best together, it’s important to discuss which colors you should avoid completely. There are a few different colors that can make your smile look less white than it actually is, and as a result, aren’t ideal.

For instance, white is a color that may seem like a good idea on the surface level. After all, your teeth are white, so why wouldn’t white braces look good?

Well, white braces can actually make your teeth look less white than they actually are. Because white braces are so white, they stand out a bit too much (and in a bad way) next to your teeth.

That’ll make your teeth themselves look a few shades less white than they actually are, which is not something you want. Not to mention white braces tend to get dingey pretty quickly, even if you clean your braces correctly, which just doesn’t look good.

Keeping food out of your braces can often feel like a fulltime job. But even if you keep them clean and polished, the wrong color choices can make them look dirty. For instance, brown and green, especially together, make it look like you have food in your teeth, which isn’t ideal.

And yellow and orange, when next to your teeth, can make your teeth look more discolored than they actually are. That’s a look you probably don’t want to have, to say the least.

For the sake of your smile, it’s a good idea to avoid using these colors completely if you can, but if you absolutely have to have orange braces, pair them with a different color, to help balance out things out.

Go With Darker Colors

Have you ever noticed how dark blue jeans can really make a white tee shirt pop? Well, darker colored braces do the exact same thing to your teeth, which is the kind of look you want to have.

That’s why going with darker colored braces is a good rule of thumb to follow. Again, they’ll pop more against your white teeth and make your braces look darker and your teeth look whiter.

Picking dark shades of your favorite colors, like purple and blue, is a great route to take. It’s also not a bad idea to take a look at a color wheel and see which colors look the best together and make choices based off of that.

Sure, you can go with lighter shades of your favorite colors, too, like red and green. But they just won’t pop as well as the darker options will, which is really what you want when you have braces.

And on top of that, the darker colored braces stay true to their colors longer. So they’ll look good right up to the day you change them out for new colors.

Remember to Have Fun!

Above all else, it’s important to have fun when picking out colors for your braces. Remember, it’s not permanent, and you can change them out next time. So don’t be afraid to experiment a bit and get crazy every once and a while!

A few fun ideas for braces colors? Well, if there’s a holiday coming up soon, go with the colors that correspond with that holiday. Red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July, or black and orange for Halloween, are two popular options.

Got a favorite NFL team? Represent your team by wearing their colors on your smile. Or show some school spirit by sporting your school’s colors on your braces.

You can still pick some of the colors that are listed in the “colors to avoid” section of this article. Just be sure to pair them with other colors that aren’t problematic, and you’re good to go!

How to Choose the Best Braces Colors

Well, there you have it! Those are a few tips and tricks you can use when choosing the best braces colors for your smile! So as long as you keep these pointers in mind when picking out colors for your braces, you should leave your orthodontist’s office looking great!

Remember, avoid all colors that are going to clash with your teeth themselves. That means white, yellow, and orange, as well as any colors that resemble common foods. Dark colors work best, as they compliment your teeth, and vice versa.

Above all else, have fun, and don’t be afraid to get a little crazy every now and again! After all, the best part about having braces, besides the beautiful smile afterward, is getting the pick the colors.

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About the Author: Robert T. Ogden, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert T. Ogden D.D.S. is an independent orthodontist serving Central Florida since 1994, and is proud to be the affordable option for local families who want straight teeth that lead to perfect smiles, all backed by a kind and friendly staff that instantly makes you feel at home. We take the time to explain all of your options, from In-Ovation C clear braces or SPEED System metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign™. Plus, our state-of-the-art offices are designed to make your visit as fast and comfortable as possible. Schedule your free consultation today!

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