Who says braces can’t be fashionable?! Are you already on braces or considering them and want to know what braces color you could have? Follow us through this article as we show you the most beautiful braces colors that make statements!
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What are Braces?
Braces (also known as cases, orthodontic cases, or dental braces) are orthodontic devices used to correct or align teeth. Dental Braces as aesthetics (i.e., they are used to improve one’s smile) and structural (i.e., for teeth realignment to correct eating and speech problems).
They are often used with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to properly shape the teeth and jaws.
The adolescent and teenage category most often uses braces. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean adults cannot get corrective dental braces later in life if they need it.
Dental braces are usually metallic or plastic, and the entire device includes:
- The Module is a small plastic or metal piece, round or spherical. The module is used to keep the archwires in the brackets on your teeth,
- Brackets serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the archwires in place.
- Archwires which is metal wire that is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.
- Bonding material that attaches them (the modules and archwire) to your teeth.
Other parts of braces are the headgear tube, hook, ligature, elastic/rubber band, spring and molar band.
Types of Braces
Braces are custom-made and designed for the dental needs of each person. This means that your braces recommendation will most likely differ from the next person’s.
The reason for this difference is the unique dental arrangement of each person. The shape of the jaw, the size of each tooth and the shape of the palate are specific to each individual.
Aside from the unique buccal shape and size of each individual, there are several other factors your dentist or orthodontist will consider before recommending the type of braces you should use. (An Orthodontist is a person who specializes in treating various kinds of teeth misalignment.) The factors could include your age and the type of teeth misalignment you’re diagnosed with, i.e., whether you have an overbite, crooked or crowded teeth.
1. Classic (Metal Braces)
The classic braces are made of metal brackets which are glued individually to each of your teeth. Metal braces are of two kinds:
(a) Conventional metal braces
They are the traditional braces where a metal wire (archwire) is held in a metal bracket assisted by metal modules. They require the aid of elastic bands which are known to cause discomfort to hold the archwires which exerts pressure proper realignment of the teeth, in place.
(b)Self-Ligating metal braces
These kinds of braces do not require elastic ties, because they have a ave a built-in mechanism to hold the archwires in place. .
Other types of braces include:
2. Ceramic “clear” braces: These types of braces are made entirely of ceramic and are less visible than metal braces because they are usually clear-coloured.
3. Lingual braces: Lingual braces are the answer for people with jobs like modelling, acting, etc., who cannot afford their dental braces to be on display, yet desire for their teeth alignment to be corrected. Lingual braces are fixed behind the teeth and therefore, are not visible at all.
4. Invisible braces (Aligner Trays): Invisible Braces are clear brace moulds designed to fit onto the teeth. Unlike the other types of braces, which are fixed on or behind the teeth, aligner trays allow the wearer to take them off for some time.
Due to their feature of being removable, they are more comfortable. Most aligner trays are advised to be worn for at least 16 hours daily. when be taken off and placed back on throughout the day. One benefit of aligner trays is that they allow for better oral hygiene since they can be taken out.
5. Retainers: Retainers are not really a type of braces, but are rather aligner trays that you’re most times given after completing your dental treatment journey with traditional braces. Unlike the Aligner trays which are worn to shape teeth into position, retainers are used to keep your newly realigned teeth in their new place.
How Braces Work
Braces realign your teeth by applying constant pressure on them for extended periods. The constant force being placed on the teeth shapes your jaw till it gradually conforms to this pressure.
Underneath the gums is a membrane that links the teeth to the jaw. Thus membrane determines the positioning of the teeth. The steady pressure being exerted by the modules, archwires and braces in general, allows this membrane to be gradually reshaped until the teeth attain the desired position.
The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth, which in turn pressures the jaw, and reshapes the jawline. Other times, springs or elastic ties/rubber bands are utilised to put more force to align the teeth in a specific direction.
The archwire is adjusted occasionally as your teeth slowly move into the desired position, and the elastic bands are removed and replaced at orthodontist appointments.
Why do I need Braces?
If you’re not already using braces, or have an appointment with the dentist for braces fixtures, you might be wondering if at all you need Braces.
Braces help align and straighten teeth and help reposition them about a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. They are most times used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions (misaligned jaw), overbites, open bites, gap teeth, cross bites, crooked or crowded teeth, and other teeth and jaw flaws.
The cosmetic benefit of braces cannot also be ignored, as braces help to improve your smile after the treatment. The repositioning and reshaping of the jaw, which is done by the braces goes a long way in improving the smile and dental structure of your face.
Limitations to wearing Braces.
Although we love dental braces, we’d also like you to be aware of some disadvantages of wearing braces.
- Cavities: Dental braces interfere with the chewing process, and food gets stuck in the small spaces around the teeth, which are created by the braces. These trapped food particles give way to formation of plaque and the breeding of bacteria. The formed bacteria could in turn lead to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Stained teeth/Decalcification: Trapped food particles around the teeth tend to damage the enamel of the teeth and discolor the teeth. This discoloration is known as decalcification.
- Allergic Reaction. Sometimes, patients experience allergic reactions to the materials used in making the dental braces. The materials mostly known to be reacted to are rubber in the elastic ties and nickel in the metal of the braces. This problem can easily be sorted by removing the braces and replacing them with one that’s made with material appropriate for the patient.
Other problems faced by people with braces include sensitivity and shorter root length, etc.
Top 10 braces colors for your teeth.
Choosing the color you want your braces to be, hardly seems like an issue, and it isn’t, we assure you. The only issue you might encounter is which color to choose because braces seem to look good in every colour!
Below are the top 10 braces colors that we think will make your smile dazzling!
1. Black Colored Braces
It is said that one can hardly do wrong with the color black. That statement rings through with braces too! Although the color black as a choice for braces seems bold, the color is sure to turn heads and brighten smiles- literally!
If you’re looking to go inconspicuous, then this is the color braces you should choose! As the color implies, it’s hardly visible but still does its job.
With clear-colored braces, you can rest assured that there’ll be no brace in sight because they blend with the color of your teeth. Another advantage of having clear braces is that clear braces are entirely made from ceramics, and therefore cause less discomfort.
If you are bold enough, you could request blue-colored braces from your orthodontist. There is no limitation or discrimination against choosing this color; you’d even get heads to turn and receive a compliment or two with this bold color.
One beautiful about choosing this color of braces, apart from the stunning color itself, is that there are several shades of blue to make your choice from. Although deep blue, Teal, Sky blue, Turquoise, and Light blue are the most common blue-colored braces people request, you could go ahead and ask your dentist if you can get your braces in your favorite shade of color.
Oh Yes! You can have your braces in pink and purple colors too! This color choice is great if you are bold, daring, and love to test new things.
Pink and purple also scream hot and attractive, and give the world the impression that you’re confident, bold, and beautiful. They also say, “I’m-hot-and-I-know-it”. So, if that’s the impression you’re looking to give off, go ahead!
Green? Yes! Green braces are a thing! It can be YOUR thing if you’re a lover of nature, or just goofy. There are also shades of green from which you can choose your braces from. You oy need to ask your dentist!
We were as shocked as you are right now when we found out that there are Red and Orange braces colors.
Give gold vibes with gold braces! With gold braces, you can be sure to stun and turn heads.
If you won’t have a problem with people taking a second look at you because of the color your teeth appear to give, then this color might just be for you.
You also have many shades of this color to pick from.
The idea behind the rainbow-coloured braces is for if like us, you cannot choose the colour of braces you prefer. Rainbow-colored braces allow you to mix and match as many colors as you’d like. It’s the most goofy, and looks as lifting as a rainbow does!
10. Alternating colours
This choice is almost similar to the rainbow option, but there’s a bit of a difference. Although both options involve more than one color, the alternating option pairs two different colors or two different shades. One color dominates the upper jaw, while the other rules the lower jaw.
Braces are a beautiful device that helps one correct a lot of speech, eating and structural problems. You’d have to note that you just cannot pick out any type of braces yourself. You need the expert opinion of your dentist or orthodontist to make that decision with you.
In picking your braces colour, we advise that you choose the colour that shows your personality and maybe, tells a bit about your type of person.
Choosing a color that shows YOU, emboldens you to go on ahead and rock your braces with style, sass, and swag.