Ridge Meadows Othrodontics

Coloured Braces

Your Maple Ridge Orthodontics team can offer a range of colours to customize and personalize the braces you'll be living with for the next couple of years.


Once you embrace the idea that you’re going to live with braces for a while, have a little fun by adding colour!

Braces involve many parts, including the brackets, archway, metal bands (o-rings for back teeth) and elastics or bands made of rubber that go around each bracket.

If you've chosen translucent cosmetic braces (and brackets), or have opted for Invisalign® to keep your dental treatment as invisible as possible, you’re probably not looking to add color to your mouth though.

On the other hand, if you’re getting traditional steel braces, your brackets and wires will be silver.


What Gives Braces Their Colors?

It’s the tiny elastics (or bands) that allow you to colorize your mouth! Because these elastics get changed during your orthodontic visits every 4 to 6 weeks, you don’t have to settle for just one color through your entire treatment. You can switch colors each visit!

And some orthodontists will allow you to choose different colors of elastics for each tooth from a color wheel. The Happy Tooth even provides an online color selector for braces so you can test out your look virtually first, print it out and bring it with you to your next visit.

You’re likely going to wear your braces for 18 to 24 months. Why not have some fun with them, and express yourself with a colourful smile?

Choosing Braces Colours

Although there is no official style guide for braces, consider these suggestions when choosing your colours. Here are some tips:

  • Gold, dark blue, turquoise, orange, green, violet or pink may look super if you have a darker skin tone
  • Lighter blue, bronze, darker purples or blues and subdued tones of red or pink might complement a lighter skin tone
  • Darker colours may make your teeth appear whiter
  • Lighter colours can make your teeth look more yellow
  • Choose colours that match or complement your eyes
  • Choose colours that complement the colour of clothing you often wear

Colours To Avoid

  • Black elastics may mimic rotting teeth or food in your teeth
  • White may make your teeth appear more yellowed and can stain more easily
  • Green or brown elastics may be mistaken for food in your teeth

And, remember... You can change it up with every visit!

Book your No Obligation Smile Consultation today with Ridge Meadows Orthodontics.