Having braces fitted can feel like a big deal — they'll be a part of your appearance for quite some time. It's important to think carefully about the colour you choose, as you don't want to end up regretting what you pick. The wrong choice could make you feel self-conscious and miserable.
Luckily, there are lots of different shades to choose from, and your dentist should be able to provide you with a full range of options prior to your fitting. Here's what you should consider when making your decision.
Will they match your outfits?
Your braces are going to be a fixed part of your appearance for the next few months, so choosing a colour that doesn't clash with your outfits is key. Take a look in your wardrobe and see what the main shade is. Now take a look at the colour options for your braces, and see how they look together. Complementary colours like blue and white can create a subtle, pretty look.
If you fancy something a bit more out there, you could choose vivid, clashing shades. How about bright orange braces with a purple outfit? Whatever you choose, make sure it's something you'll feel comfortable with day in, day out, no matter where you are. When in doubt, go for the safe option.
What complements your skin tone?
While you can change your clothes to match your braces if you have to, you can't change your skin tone. Try holding up swatches of the different brace colour options to your face, and seeing how they complement your skin, hair and eyes. You could even use an image editing app or program to paste the different colours right onto your teeth, for a good look at the whole picture. The types of make-up that usually suit your skin can help give you some ideas. If green eye shadow looks great on you, chances are green braces will too.
Which colour will make you happiest?
Sometimes it's best just to go with your gut instinct. It can be easy to get caught up in comparing different shades and worrying about how they're going to look. If you're really struggling to decide, give yourself five seconds to pick a colour, and then go with that one. Just choosing a colour you love will make you the happiest, so don't get too caught up in trying to look perfect. Remember, braces aren't forever! Some dentists offer the option of new colours at each check-up, so you might end up going through the whole rainbow.