• Take the Guess Work out of Choosing Your Ortho Bands

    Take the Guess Work out of Choosing Your Ortho Bands

    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.  Here is a guide to help you decide.

    What are the most popular colors?

    The most popular color choices are clear, blue, green, purple, pink or neon colors.  You can also use multiple colors in a pattern, but more than two or three colors at once may 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.  As you make your color selection remember:

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


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


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


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


    For adults, it’s a good idea to think about what colors will be considered professional in your workplace.  Dark colors, clear brands, and silver bands may be more work-appropriate options, depending on your industry.

    Are there any risks to colored bands?

    Not at all.  There are no drawbacks to your teeth and gums from using colored bands.  They’re functionally the same as traditional bands.

    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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