Coquitlam Family Othrodontics

Coloured Braces

Coquitlam Family Orthodontics offers a range of coloured elastics, so you can customize and personalize your braces at each adjustment appointment.


Once you've embraced the fact that you’ll be living with your braces for some time, you can have a little fun with them by adding colour!

Braces involve quite a few parts, including the brackets, archway, metal bands (o-rings for back teeth) and rubber bands or elastics that go around the brackets.

While you may choose translucent cosmetic braces (and brackets), or Invisalign® to keep your dental treatment as invisible and low profile as possible, choosing to add colour to your braces will take you in the opposite direction. 

Choosing coloured braces means you've embraced your new look, and instead of trying to hide it, you've decided to use it to express yourself!


What Gives Braces Their Colors?

The tiny rubber elastics (or bands) are what allow you to add colour to your smile! These elastics are changed during your adjustment appointments every 4 to 6 weeks, so you don’t even have to settle for just one color for the whole duration of treatment. You can switch things up at each visit!

You can even choose different colors of elastics for each tooth from a color wheel. The Happy Tooth provides an online color selector for braces so you can try your look out virtually first, print it out and bring it along to your next appointment.

Chances are, you'll be wearing your braces for 18 to 24 months. Why not express yourself with a colourful smile?

Choosing Braces Colours

Though there are no rules for adding colours to your braces, you can use the following suggestions to help you make up your mind about which colours to choose:

  • Gold, dark blue, turquoise, orange, green, violet or pink may look super if you have a darker skin tone
  • Lighter blue, bronze, darker purples or blues and subdued tones of red or pink might complement a lighter skin tone
  • Darker colours may make your teeth appear whiter
  • Lighter colours can make your teeth look more yellow
  • Choose colours that match or complement your eyes
  • Choose colours that complement the colour of clothing you often wear

Colours To Avoid

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

And, remember... You can change it up with every visit!

Book your NO-OBLIGATION Consultation today with Coquitlam Family Orthodontics!