How to Pick Your Best Braces Color —
Get Your Favorite or Mix It Up!

Today’s braces can do a lot more than just straighten your teeth. They can show off your personality! You’re probably wondering how that’s possible. You can do it by picking your braces’ color! Your braces have tiny elastic bands that go around the brackets. In the past, those elastics were all the same color. Today, you can choose your favorite color or mix and match colors to show off your personality, your school pride, or whatever else you’d like the world to see in your smile! 

At Hentscher-Johnson Orthodontics, we know that choosing the right braces color is important to our patients. So we have a few tips on the best ways to pick your braces color.

What Color Should I Pick for My Braces?

We offer a color wheel full of colors for your braces! It means you have a good chance to find your favorite color, but it also means it might be difficult to choose! 


Here are a few tips on choosing your favorite color: 

  • Black, Green, or Brown: These colors are OK, but keep in mind they might be mistaken for having food stuck in your teeth if you only use them on a few brackets instead of all of them. 
  • White: The white elastics may reveal that your teeth aren’t quite as white as they should be. The white elastics may stain more easily, especially if you drink coffee, tea, or soft drinks or eat foods such as berries. 
  • Yellow: If your teeth are yellow, this may make them look REALLY yellow. 

That’s not to say you can’t choose these colors! But in some cases, it might be better to use them on ALL of the brackets, and in other cases, it might be better to stagger them with other colors.

What Do Picking Certain Colors Say About Me?

Different colors have different meanings, which may be something to consider when picking your braces color or colors. Here are a few meanings of the various colors:

  • Red: Passion, power, strength, courage, love.
  • Orange: Enthusiasm, creativity, health, happiness. 
  • Yellow: Cheerfulness, warmth, energy, optimism.
  • Green: Good fortune, harmony, growth, nature.
  • Blue: Calmness, faith, intelligence, power.
  • Purple: Royalty, mystery, luxury, creativity.
  • Pink: Tenderness, emotional, love.
  • Black: Bold, mystery, strength, power.
  • White: Innocence, purity, hope.

Picking Braces Colors for Special Occasions

Because you visit your orthodontist regularly, you don’t have to stick with the same color throughout your treatment. We think it’s perfectly OK if you want to mix it up! We have patients who want to show off their school pride by picking their school colors. Others want to celebrate the holidays with colors for July 4th, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day. 

Have a wedding coming up? You can choose your wedding colors. Want to support your favorite sports team? Choose their colors. Do you have a uniform you wear to work? Consider using colors to match your uniform. The possibilities are endless!

What If I Don’t Want To Show Off My Braces?

Maybe you don’t want everyone to see your braces easily. Perhaps you chose clear braces because they were less visible than traditional metal braces, and you don’t want the colors making them stand out. That’s OK, too! Our elastic include colors that are more low profile, from white and clear to more “tooth color” elastics. 

The best part is, you can always try making yoru braces bolder later. If you don’t like it, we can change them out so you can go back to that subtle look your clear ceramic braces give to you.

How Often Can I Change the Color of My Braces?

Most patients who change their braces colors for a holiday or special event want to change them once the holiday or event is over. So how often can you change the braces colors you pick?

We change out your elastics with each orthodontic checkup. That means you get to change your colors each time you visit, or stick with the same colors, if you prefer. So if you don’t like the previous color combination, change it! We’re open to your creativity.

Picking Your Braces and Your Braces Colors

Hentscher-Johnson Orthodontics offers clear ceramic braces that use elastics of any color you pick. Our ceramic braces are designed to be closer to your natural tooth color and harder to see, but there’s no reason why you can pep them up with bold colors and patterns! 

We also offer Damon Self-Ligating Braces. Unline traditional metal braces and clear ceramic braces, these do not use elastics. Instead, they hold the arch wire with small metal clips that hold the wire in place. This results in less friction and more comfort for the patient. 

For those who aren’t into showing off their braces, we do have the option of Incognito Lingual Braces. These sit behind the teeth on the tongue side and are virtually invisible braces. 

In addition to braces, we also offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, as well as 3M Clarity Aligners. These options are for those who don’t care for the look of braces and want something more low profile. 

Whatever you choose, Hentscher-Johnson Orthodontics will guide you through your best treatment options. If you’re in the Columbia, IL, area or the Waterloo, IL, area, you can start a virtual consult or schedule an appointment and let us show you how creative you can be on the way to the smile of your dreams!

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