Coloured Braces

At Greater Vancouver Orthodontics, you can choose from a range of coloured elastics to customize and personalize your braces.

Coloured Braces, Greater Vancouver Orthodontics

You'll be living with your braces for a significant amount of time, so have a little fun by adding colour!

Braces are made up of several parts. These include the brackets, archway, metal bands (o-rings for back teeth) and rubber elastic bands that go around each bracket.

Of course, if you've chosen low profile or invisible treatment options, such as translucent cosmetic braces (and brackets), or Invisalign, you won't be looking to add colour to make your braces stand out. However, if you’re getting traditional metal braces, your brackets and wires will be silver.

What Gives Braces Their Colours?

It’s the tiny elastics (or bands) that make it possible to colourize your mouth! These elastics get changed during your orthodontic adjustment appointments every 4 to 6 weeks, so you don’t have to settle for just one colour throughout the whole duration of your treatment. If you like, you can switch colours each visit!

You may even be able to choose different colours of elastics for each tooth from a colour wheel. The Happy Tooth provides an online colour selector, which allows you to test out your look virtually first, and then print it out and bring it with you to your next appointment.

You’re likely going to wear your braces for 18 to 24 months. Why not express yourself with a colourful smile?

Choosing Braces Colours

Although there are no hard and fast rules for choosing colours for your elastics. Here are some tips: 

  • Gold, dark blue, turquoise, orange, green, violet or pink tend to look great with darker skin tones
  • Light blue, bronze, dark purple or cobalt blue, and subdued tones of red or pink might complement people with lighter skin tones
  • Darker colours can make your teeth look whiter
  • Lighter colours may make your teeth appear more yellow than they really are
  • Consider choosing colours that match or complement your eyes
  • Consider choosing colours that complement the colour of clothing you often wear

Colours To Avoid

  • Black elastics can sometimes mimic rotting teeth or food in your teeth
  • White elastics tend to stain more easily, and may make your teeth appear more yellow
  • Green or brown elastics may be mistaken for food in your teeth


No matter what colour you choose, just remember... You can change it up with every visit!


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