How To Select The Right Color For Your Braces
April 28, 2018 ABC Children's Dentistry
There are a host of parts in braces, including brackets and archways, but it’s the tiny elastics or bands that can give your smile a bit of personality with a splash of color. In this issue, we’ll talk about how you can help your child pick the right color for braces.
How to Choose the Perfect Color for Your Braces
- See what’s on the menu.
Your child’s dentist should have a selection of available colors for you to sample beforehand. Remember, as the bands stretch they most likely will appear a bit brighter than what you see in the sample.
- Compliment your skin tone.
Let’s face it; your child’s braces will be a part of his or her appearance for the time being. Selecting the right color based upon skin tone is a good way to make sure your child will likely look good regardless of what clothes they’re wearing.
Bright jewel tones (gold, turquoise, violet, etc.) are the way to go if your child’s skin is olive or dark. For fair skin tone, the cooler colors (silver, light pink, lilac, etc.) are good options.
- Show your school or holiday spirit.
In the spirit of having fun, take into account your child’s school colors or shades that are synonymous with upcoming holidays and events. Keep in mind that your child should be able to change the colors during each visit.
- To show off your teeth, go dark.
Darker color bands will make your child’s teeth appear a bit more white than they actually are.
How do I take good care of my child’s braces?
Your dentist or orthodontist should provide you with a tip sheet for taking good care of your child’s braces. Things your child should get into the habit of doing include:
- regularly inspecting the braces to check for any parts that may be loose or broken;
- avoiding foods that are chewy, sticky or hard;
- getting into the habit of brushing after each meal as plaque easily forms around the brackets of the braces; and
- refraining from biting on nails, pen caps or ice.
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