If you’re ready to invest in a straight smile with braces, you’ll face an important decision – picking a color for the rubber bands you’ll need to wear. It’s normal to have concerns about the appearance of brackets and wires. Adding rubber bands can cause your anxiety to rise because you may not want to draw even more attention to your mouth. However, you can also use the bands to showcase your bright personality. No matter how you feel about wearing them, the color you choose can affect the way your teeth look. The wrong color can make your teeth look aged and dull, while others can make your smile pop. Here is how to choose the best color for your smile.
Why Are Rubber Bands Needed?
Traditional braces use a system of brackets and wires to slowly pull teeth into position. Brackets are cemented onto your teeth to hold an archwire, which will apply continual pressure to move your teeth slowly. Elastic bands are placed on the brackets to hold the archwire in place.
Elastic Colors for Whiter Teeth
Rubber bands for braces come in many fun colors. Certain shades are known to make your teeth appear whiter, including:
- Dark Colors: Blues, greens, and other dark colors will distract from any discoloration. They complement a bright white smile.
- Silver or Clear: Clear or silver bands offer the same benefits as dark colors; however, they are more likely to discolor from the foods and drinks you consume.
Elastic Colors to Avoid
Certain colors can draw attention to stains and discoloration. They can also make yellow teeth look darker. When choosing bands, you may want to avoid:
- White: Not only do white bands stain easily, but they will also cause a noticeable contrast between their color and your enamel.
- Yellow or Gold: Yellow or gold bands can accentuate the yellowing of your teeth.
Maintaining a Bright Smile
Besides choosing the right bands, you can keep your teeth bright by brushing after every meal and flossing at least once daily. Keeping your teeth clean will prevent cavities and gum disease. It will also help you avoid white squares on your teeth after your braces come off.
Limit how often you have any foods or drinks that may cause staining, like coffee or blackberries. If you can’t resist a cup of coffee or a bowl of spaghetti, rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished.
Besides caring for your smile at home, maintain your adjustment appointments with your orthodontist. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.
About Dr. Alex J. Johnson
Dr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience creating healthy, straight smiles. He earned his dental degree at Washington University before continuing his education in orthodontics, dental sleep medicine, and many other specialties. He is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists. Request an appointment online or call (727) 387-0955.