The color of your braces can affect their visibility in different ways, but it’s not always clear which color will be best for you and your smile. In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of the best braces colors, so you can find the one that works best for you. If you want to learn more about these braces colors, keep reading!
Gold braces are good for blending in
Gold is, by far, one of the most popular choices for adults. But if you’re just a kid looking for braces, gold may not be your best option. (Again, it all depends on what your orthodontist has prescribed.) For children and teens especially, silver may be a better choice when picking out braces color wheel options. Silver is generally easier to see in photos and even in person than gold—which means that picture-perfect smile you’ve worked so hard on will actually look picture-perfect when someone snaps a shot with their smartphone! In fact, some celebrities who got their braces as teens have kept them well into adulthood because they help hide adult teeth imperfections or fillings and gaps from previous dental work. A great example?
Silver braces are best with white teeth
White teeth make all colors of braces look better. But, if you have a mouth full of metal and you happen to have white teeth, it’s best that you go with a different color. If your teeth aren’t as white as they could be, pick a shade that matches. A light shade might make your smile look less vibrant, but at least people will be able to see it. That said, most people are attracted to flashy smiles—especially those who aren’t familiar with what different kinds of braces look like—so if your goal is attraction rather than invisibility then consider a bolder color. For example, orange bracelets on yellow teeth can be an attention-grabber even without flashy smile.
Pink braces are subtle on any teeth color
Pink is a great choice for just about any natural teeth color. The subtle pink works with most shades, and it’s an excellent option if you want your braces but don’t want them to be super noticeable. It doesn’t matter if you have white, yellow or gray teeth—you can wear pink with confidence! Your braces will blend in naturally with your smile and won’t clash. Pink is also a good option if you think that metal colored braces are too bright for your personal taste. This hue might not work as well if you have very dark teeth because it may become hard to see any significant changes in color when compared with your other pearly whites.
Black braces can be great on a dark smile
If you have naturally dark or stained teeth, black might be a good color for you. Think about it—your smile is already darker in some areas than others, so why not match it? The darkness of your teeth will stand out less and your whole smile will look more even. Of course, if you don’t have much discoloration, it probably isn’t worth going with black braces. That said, we don’t recommend wearing them at night—they can get kind of grimy looking!
Clear braces let you express your personality through accessories
Although your dentist may offer you a choice of different braces colors, you don’t need to worry too much about it. The color and appearance of your braces will not affect their function or longevity. That said, it’s always worth having a conversation with your doctor before getting teeth-straightening treatment—especially if you have dentures or colored fillings. Your dentist can tell you whether anything on your teeth could react negatively with braces or whether anything in particular would impact how long they last. For example, some metals and tooth-colored materials used for fillings are photosensitive; when exposed to UV light, they can change color permanently.
The color of your restorations doesn’t matter
If you’re thinking that using a certain color will make your teeth pop more, think again. Although teeth have natural pigmentation that can result in yellowing or staining over time, there are no clinical studies showing a direct correlation between restorative color and patient satisfaction—in other words, you’re not going to look better with a specific shade. In fact, some patients prefer clear or tooth-colored materials for their restorations for exactly that reason: They don’t want their smile to change.