Tooth Fashion: Choosing the Right Colours for Braces

Right color for bracesPeople can react in a variety of ways when they hear the news that they may need braces. Some patients feel anxious when facing the prospect of having something attached to their teeth for an extended period. The stigma surrounding braces may not be as strong as it once was in less enlightened times. But braces do draw the eye to an area that the wearers would rather not catch much attention.

The Neglected Choice

There are two ways a good dentist can suggest to help calm a patient’s fears with braces in this regard. A patient can either wear transparent alignments such as Invisalign to make the treatment as natural looking as possible, or go in the opposite direction and turn the braces into a spectacle of colour.

People of whimsy will undoubtedly leap at the chance to colour their teeth in an attractive way, but they may not be aware of the rules to choosing the right hues. Similar to other forms of self-expression, bracket colours can either enhance or spoil a person’s look. This makes it a more important choice than simply settling on the hue of the month.

The Tooth-Skin Matrix

Colour co-ordination is the secret to making braces look more beautiful than they really are; take stock of the shades that will surround the braces and see how they look in that environment. First, patients need to learn what colours to avoid, if they want a longer lasting aesthetic look.

These discouraged colours include black, green, brown, yellow and white. The first four colours may look good when they first get fitted onto the braces, but may begin to look like pieces of food when they begin to lose their sheen after a few weeks. White, on the other hand, is problematic for the opposite reason, as it may make the teeth look yellower than they actually are.

Skin tone is another consideration patients often neglect to take into account. If the skin tone of a patient has an effect on the accessories they can wear, why would different rules apply to braces? Dark purples, light blues, and subdued tones of red and pink work best for people with lighter skin. On the other hand, darker skin tones can better compliment colours such as gold, violet, pink, and turquoise.

Braces are necessary, but they do not have to be boring. Bring the right kinds of colour to your smile, and make everyone’s day a bit brighter.

About the Author

As a psychology professor at a university in Texas. Athrun also teaches at a personality development institute in the same state.