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What color bands should I get on my braces?

With a rainbow of colors to choose from, you’re sure to find braces bands that suit your style and personality. But narrowing your options isn’t always easy. Use our guide to help you decide!

What are the most popular colors?

You can choose from many different colors of the rubber bands on braces, with popular options being clear, blue, green, purple, pink, or neon colors. You can also combine a variety of colors, but keep in mind that more than two or three colors at once can make your mouth look a little busy.

How do I pick the right color for me?

You don’t have to pick just one color for the entire time you have braces. Have fun swapping out your bands each time you see your orthodontist, if that’s your style. As you make your color selection, remember:

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    Dark green, purple, orange, and burgundy can make your teeth appear whiter.

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    White or yellow bands can do the opposite and make your teeth appear more yellow.

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    Clear options can be stained by foods and drinks with deep colors, such as coffee, tea, or grape juice.

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    Black or brown bands could make it appear that food is caught in your teeth.

Take time to also consider your personal features and preferences:

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    Your skin tone may play into your decision. Lighter skin tones are complemented by darker colors and vice versa.

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    Your hair and eye color can be a factor. Blue and purple bands highlight blue or green eyes, and green bands make brown eyes pop.

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    Have fun with it! You can try colors from your favorite sports team or match the season, like a green-and-blue combination around summer.

For adults, it’s a good idea to think about what color of bands your employer will consider professional. Dark colors, clear bands, and silver bands are more work-appropriate options.

Are there any risks to colored bands?

Not at all. There are no drawbacks to your teeth and gums from using colored bands. They are functionally the same as traditional bands, just with a little more pizazz.

Important: Take care of your braces!

No matter what color you choose, follow the instruction your orthodontist and dentist provide. This includes brushing after meals and using the special floss from your orthodontist. It’s also best to avoid nuts, popcorn, gum, and other foods that can bend braces or get caught in them.

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