If you’re about to start orthodontic treatment or you’ve just gotten your braces, you might be wondering what color braces make your teeth look whiter? Don’t worry! We’re here to help! Your orthodontist will know best, but in the meantime we can tell you what colors we think work best. Find out below!



Which Braces Color Makes Teeth Look Whiter

There are braces in so many colors. How do you know which will make your teeth look white as snow? The secret is in choosing a shade that complements, not clashes with, other facial features like eye color or skin tone. To get a sense of what we mean, try applying some of these fun braces color wheel to your friends and family; each wheel has a different set of traits and characteristics so that you can better visualize how an individual's skin tone impacts braces-color selection. And remember: In real life, no two people have exactly matching shades! Play around with brace colors until you find one that looks natural on your smile. Don't forget to ask our office staff for help; we're here to help you ensure beautiful results!


Pink Braces

Believe it or not, pink braces can actually make your teeth appear whiter because they contrast against tooth enamel and therefore draw attention to dark spots. If you're looking for a bold look that really makes a statement, opt for pink ones. Even if you don't have dark spots on your teeth, bright braces will still add some extra brightness to your smile. The best part about pink braces is that nobody will notice them unless you point them out—the brighter and more colorful they are, the better! If you're unsure about how to rock these standout accessories, check out these tips from my recent guest post over at Dental Dorks: 3 Stylish Ways To Wear Pink Braces.


Black Braces

The great thing about black braces is that they make it easy to conceal plaque and food between them, so you'll want to be sure to brush regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush or pick. You'll also want to floss every day. It's a good idea to have regular dental cleanings during your time in braces; otherwise, plaque can become cemented into place behind your brackets, making it much harder for you to whiten your smile once you've gotten rid of them. When all is said and done, one of these three hues might be a better choice for you than anything else!


Gray Braces

It’s important to choose braces in a color that won’t stand out against your skin tone or distract from your smile. These colors blend in well: baby blue, red, and charcoal. Pink, green, and orange are good for people with dark complexions. Teeth naturally become less yellow over time, so it’s possible you may be able to get away with choosing clear braces if you plan on only wearing them for a short time (one to two years). Clear is also an option if you plan on getting porcelain veneers after treatment is complete—this will keep bright-white from being too much of a contrast.


How Much Do White Braces Cost?

One of the major concerns patients have with porcelain braces is cost. It’s true: Porcelain aligners are expensive, and there are some very visible upfront costs for services like bleaching trays and retainers. Still, white metal braces in Durham can be less expensive than other types of braces if you’re looking at total costs rather than monthly payments (not to mention that many insurance plans cover part or all of orthodontic treatment). Given that all-inclusive estimate, brace wearers can expect to pay somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000 over a 24-month period.


Are Invisible Braces Painful?

Invisible braces are actually not invisible. They have tiny metal brackets that are almost unnoticeable from a distance, but under magnification you can definitely see them. But do you need to see them to feel them? That depends on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. If it’s something you’re concerned about, there are treatment options for reducing sensitivity like lingual braces or tooth-colored composite resin crowns. In general, once you get over any initial discomfort of having braces—and adjust to having an extra person living in your mouth—there shouldn’t be too much pain involved in getting invisible braces.

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