What Is The Best Color For Braces?

You can customize the color combinations of your braces rubber bands.

Braces are a great underestimated tool for both orthodontists and patients. Not only does it fix your orthodontic issues, but it helps you get the smile of your dreams in the process. Braces can close gaps between teeth, shift teeth into position, and even change the way you bite down. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have the beautiful, healthy, and symmetrical smile you’ve always wished for.

Now, thanks to ligatures and power chains, you can make the braces treatment more enjoyable by adding a bit of your personality to it.

Best Braces Colors Combinations

Once you get your braces for teens in Westport or your teeth braces for adults in Westport, you’ll be able to choose the color of your ligatures. As a reminder, ligatures are little elastic bands that attach to your brackets and hold the archwire in place. Given that your orthodontist changes them every few weeks, you’ll be able to have multiple different looks. You’ll probably want to learn some color theory to make the best combinations possible. 

As orthodontists attach every ligature individually, you can choose a different color for each one and mix and match them to your liking. Sometimes, your Fairfield braces treatment will call for the use of power chains, which you can also choose the color for. Depending on your treatment, you can have a mix of ligatures and power chains, allowing you to have fun with the patterns. 

Patients can customize their adult orthodontics at Westport just as teens can customize their braces. Usually, adults tend to go for more discrete colors and combinations, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t go all out if they wish for it.

For those who don’t want to attract any attention to their adult orthodontics, it’s best to choose a color similar to the rest of your braces. If you have traditional metal braces, you’ll want to choose gray or metallic colors. If you have ceramic braces, white or cream-colored ligatures are the way to go.

Holiday Ideas

Sometimes you’ll want to rock your favorite color in your braces, while other times, you’ll want your braces colors to match the season or holiday you are in. Here are what we consider to be the best colors for braces for the holidays.


When we think of Christmas, red and green colors are always present. Using a combination of them in your ligatures will give your smile a pop, and you’ll carry the Christmas spirit wherever you go.


During the spooky season, you’ll want a spooky look. Thankfully, your braces can be a part of the fun. Not only can you dive into the trick or tricking season with orange and black, but you can also match the colors to fit with your Halloween costume or outfit.

4th of July

Everyone knows the colors of this holiday. The classic red, white, and blue will go great with the fireworks and family outings. Just be careful to stain the white ligatures.

Braces Colors You May Want to Avoid

Transparent bands are a great option for those who want to keep a low profile, especially for those who opt for ceramic braces. But just as with bright colors, transparent ligatures can stain and change appearance between your regular check-ups, leaving you with a color you didn’t choose. Because of this, it’s important to ask your dentist which colors stay the same throughout the weeks and which don’t.

As mentioned before, you’ll want to learn the very basics of color theory if you want your braces to match your face as intended. For example, if you don’t want your braces to pop but still want them to have a distinction, you should look for colors that complement your face rather than color that create a stark contrast. If you are not going to choose colors to represent a holiday or team, you may want to think about the color before you get to the dentist’s office. That way, you’ll have time to think and plan what color better suits you.

Additionally, you may want to avoid some specific colors. Dark brown or black can look like tooth decay or food, yellow and transparent ligatures can make your teeth look more yellow than they are, and some green shades can also resemble food.

Alternatives to Braces

If you don’t want to obstruct your smile with metallic pieces and ceramic braces that are still too noticeable, Invisalign clear aligners are the answer for you. Invisalign is virtually invisible in your daily activities and doesn’t require as much care as regular metal braces. Meaning you can enjoy your day-to-day activities with a natural-looking smile while receiving the orthodontic treatment you need.

Visit Your Fairfield Orthodontist

Here at Westwalk Orthodontics, we will do our best to customize your orthodontic treatment to your needs and preferences. If you are looking to get a check-up or wish to get the smile of your dreams, contact us here.