Getting braces? If so, did you know that you can get different colored bands to make a statement, or simply reflect your personality?
To help you pick the color that’s right for you, or if you just want want some braces color ideas, we present you with the braces color wheel.
Here’s what the colors say about you:
Red is the color of energy, courage, and love. People who gravitate towards red want to get everything they can out of life, and are letting everyone else know that, too.
Red is a very bold color, and so works better with a lighter skin tone and/or darker hair.
On the opposite end of the spectrum we have blue, which is cool, calm, and focused. Blue sends the message that you have your act together, and are ready to take on what life throws you.
Boys tend to love blue, especially dark blue (see braces colors for boys, below). But blue is a very versatile color, and anyone can look good when the right blue is mixed with the right additional color. (Try out some combinations on the braces color wheel.)
Pink is bright and bold without being totally obnoxious. It shows creativity and reveals a sense of fun.
Though an all-time-favorite with younger girls, some boys are showing of their inner strength by combining pink with other colors. (Try pink and black gentleman–it looks very cool. Same with pink and brown. You’re welcome.) Pink can also work with lighter or darker skin tones.
Green means many things. It is the color of money, and a traditional color meaning wealth or luck. It is also the color of lush forests and healthy lawns, and so represents growth and renewal. On a stop light, green means “go!”. But green is also the color of calm– which is why hospitals and therapists offices often paint the walls a light green, to put patients at ease.
So what do green braces mean for you? Green is so versatile it can mean any or all of these things… If there is a pattern, we’ve noticed that folks who choose green are a little more likely to move to beat of their own drum, go off the beaten path a little more often, and generally aren’t afraid to be a little different.
Purple has many uses: It can be dark and mysterious, or light and soft. Even the names give different results: Say “purple” and it sounds goofy, but say “violet” and it sounds elegant, even majestic.
People often get purple braces because they feel it compliments the clothes they like to wear, or their eyes. Purple and pink is a great combination for braces colors for girls, while purple and gray or dark blue is a fun pick for boys. Try a combination out on the braces color wheel to see if it suits you!
Orange is color of strength, both inner and outer. A person who picks orange isn’t afraid of what others think and refuses to let people get them down. And orange looks really cool if you have a dark skin tone.
For some, yellow means fear. But yellow is also the color of clarity and enlightenment, as well as warmth and sunshine. If people have told you that you have a bright smile, yellow is the color for you. Yellow also works well if your hair color tends toward blond.
We often don’t think of gray or silver as “favorite colors,” but braces come in these as well. Gray and/or silver are great colors if you want your brackets to be a little more understated, as they tend to blend in more with metal and wire.
That said, gray can be an expression of your personality, too. Though usually associated with sadness, gray can also signal an understated elegance or intelligence. Same goes for silver.
Fuschia is perhaps one of the boldest colors one can choose, and it clearly makes a statement. If you’re the sort of person to speak out or have some fun, yet are loyal to your friends, fuschia might just be your color.
Fuschia is also fun to mix with other colors. Use the braces color wheel to mix and match and see what works with your look!
If fuschia says “Where’s the party?” turquoise says “Let’s go on a friends’ road trip together.” It’s a color that says “fun,” but in a much more deep and meaningful way. Try alternating with fuschia for a really cool look!
Again, most people don’t consider white colored braces on their own. But they are worth considering: They are clean and simple, inviting people to think about the opportunities in front of them.
White is also a neutral color, and so it works well with other, bolder colors. Try white and blue, or white and fuschia, for a fun look; you can preview these and others on the braces color wheel.
Black is a tricky color for braces, because it is so noticeable. But if dark is the way you want to go, few things beat black.
Mixing Braces Colors
Of course, you do not have to stick with just one color! It’s fairly easy to alternate colors of bands to give yourself an even more distinctive look, or do some cool color combinations. Here are some ideas:
Salt and Pepper (alternating black and white)
The Gryffindor (Gold or yellow on top, dark red on the bottom)
Walk in the Forest (Brown lower, dark green upper)
Crazy random (mix of bright colors)
Is it around the holidays? Many people show their holiday spirit by getting the appropriate holiday colors. How about the ol’ red, white, and blue around the Fourth of July? Or traditional red and green for Christmas? Or, one of the most popular color combination, orange and black for Halloween?
Red, White, and Blue for the 4th of July
Feels like Christmas already!
Classic Halloween Fun. (Hint: Some dentists even carry glow-in-the-dark bands! Ask about them around Halloween time)
- Show your school spirit by choosing your school colors.
- Pick the colors of your favorite sports team.
- Get colors to match the season. Lighter colors (light blue, pink) work better in the Spring. Richer color (dark blue, purple) work in Winter. Fall colors like orange, red, brown, and yellow like nicest during– you guessed it– the Fall.
- Or simply choose your favorite colors! After all, you will see them in the mirror every day. The person who need to like the is you.
Cute Braces Colors for Girls
Anyone can choose any available colors they want for their braces, naturally. That said, many parents and kids ask us for braces color ideas that show pride in their gender.
So what braces colors shout “Girl Power” the most?
While young girls tend to gravitate towards pink and violet/purple, fuschia makes a much more bold statement. It looks great by itself, but you can also try alternating with turquoise or light blue for a really fun look.
If you want a bit of an edgier look, try alternating those cute braces colors for girls like pink and purple with a solid black (or even a dark gray). It adds a bit of mystery and depth while still looking feminine.
Younger kids are usually drawn to primary colors, like red, yellow, and blue. Alternating two of these, like red and yellow, is a fun look too.
Awesome Braces Colors for Boys
Boys tend to care less about their looks generally, let alone how their orthodontic equipment looks. But give them some choices of which colors of braces they want, and you’ll find that they suddenly have opinions.
Blues of every kind are popular with boys, as is a darker green. Use these alone or in combination with other colors. For examples: Blue + purple, green + brown, darker blue + lighter blue, etc. Show your son, nephew, etc. different combination using the braces color wheel before you are committed!
What About the Best Colors for Adults?
If you are getting braces a little later in life, you might not be as concerned with getting the right color scheme to suit your personality.
In fact, we doubt that “cute braces colors” is high on your priority list. We would bet that you are simply trying to minimize how visible your braces are.
If you don’t have braces yet, there are other ways besides color to hide your braces– for example, ceramic or clear braces, or lingual braces. Invisalign is an even better option for moving your teeth while still having the option of removing your trays (for a job interview, for example).
On the other hand, if you already have braces, you can minimize their look by choosing light gray or clear bands. If you go with color, go with something more subdued, avoiding colors like pink, fuschia, bright blue, or green.
Are There Braces Colors to Avoid?
Honestly, we here at the Happy Tooth feel that any color bands are OK for braces, as long as they are colors that you are happy with. They are just colors, after all, and while they might make us feel one way or another, there are no “right” or “wrong” colors.
That said, we often hear bits of advice from patients about one color or another. These are just a few things to consider when picking out colors for braces:
Red: Some patients said that with red bands, people would sometimes stop and ask if their gums were bleeding, or what was wrong with their mouth. True, a quick look can make it look like you have swollen or bleeding comes– or ate too much pepperoni pizza. Solution? Mix it up with other colors (white, blue, yellow, etc.).
Dark green: Ever have someone warn you about a piece of spinach in your teeth? Sometimes darker green bands get mistaken for a piece of food in your teeth. Especially embarrassing if you are an adult speaking to a small group, or going for a job interview. Go with a lighter green, or mix in different colors.
Black and gray: We’ve had some people say that really dark bands, back or gray, made their teeth look “rotten” from a distance. That would be a cool look for around Halloween, but maybe not for the rest of the year.
White: Some people get white bands thinking it will help hide the brackets. But we’ve heard this backfires, as the white bands are going to be a more pure white than any naturally occuring teeth (no matter how much whitening you’ve done!) The result can be teeth that look dingy or even yellow. Darker colors, on the other hand, will make them look whiter.
Let’s Talk Braces
If you haven’t selected an orthodontist yet to help you decide on best options for braces or Invisalign, call The Happy Tooth to set up your first visit.
Our orthodontic services provide patients with straighter teeth and a more attractive smile, not to mention a boost in self–confidence. We aim to make your (or your child’s) orthodontic experiences pain-free and pleasant from the moment you walk in the door and through every visit.
So we know a thing or two when it comes to finding the best in clear teeth aligners for your smile 🙂