Whether you want it to or not, braces put a lot more focus on your teeth. Unless you have naturally bright white teeth, you need to take the color of your braces and the bands into consideration before visiting your orthodontist. After all, you don't want to choose a hue that makes the stains on your teeth more prominent. So, check out these tips to learn what braces colors will make your teeth appear whiter and what colors you should avoid completely.
Sticking with neutral braces colors won't make your teeth appear whiter than they naturally are, but it won't make the stains in your teeth more visible either. There are three ways you can keep your braces neutral. If you have traditional metal braces, simply choose bands that are silver or gray so that they blend into the metal and are less noticeable. If you have clear braces, choose clear bands.
Alternatively, you can talk to your orthodontist to see if Invisalign aligner trays will work for you. Invisalign trays are clear trays that are custom made for each patient. Because the trays slip over your natural teeth and cover the completely, most people won't even notice that you're using the trays to straighten your teeth.
Avoid Light Colors
If you're trying to make your teeth appear whiter, a good rule of thumb is to avoid light colored bands. The more contrast you have between your teeth and the bands, the lighter your teeth appear. So, avoid white bands completely and when you have a choice between two shades of a color, opt for the darker shade.
Also, you should always avoid yellow bands or bands in a yellow-based hue. It doesn't matter how white your natural teeth are, yellow bands or bands with yellow tones can make your teeth appear stained. So, if you're going to choose red or green bands, make sure the red has a blue undertone, not yellow.
Choose Dark Colors
Dark colored bands provide the contrast that you need to make your teeth appear whiter than they are naturally. You can always choose black bands, but there are other options as well. Dark blue and red are good choices, but you should avoid dark brown and green — you don't want to look like you have food stuck in your teeth all day.
Ultimately, the braces and bands that you choose are up to you. If you don't want your braces to stand out at all, opt for clear braces or Invisalign aligner trays. If you want traditional braces, make sure you choose dark colored bands or bands that blend in with the metal. For additional information, contact a dentist or orthodontist in your area.