Different colors of braces

Updated April 17, 2017

Braces are becoming more than just a way to correct and straighten teeth. Many people who wear braces can choose to make them a bit more stylish by having their orthodontist apply colourful ligatures/O-rings. Ligatures are important because they are what keeps the wire on your braces. You do not have to pay an additional fee to have these colourful rings added, it will be included in the overall costs of your braces.

Colours Available

Expect your orthodontist to have a variety of basic colours to choose from; some orthodontists may have more colours than others. Colours you can expect to see: black, green, red, purple, clear, blue, pink, yellow, orange, white/tooth coloured and brown.

Many orthodontists will have different colour shades beyond basic colours. They might also have other types of O-rings available such as glow in the dark or metallic. Ask your orthodontist to see what colours he can put on your braces.

Holidays and Other Events

Consider having your O-rings reflect upcoming events or holidays including Christmas, Halloween or the Fourth of July. Also think about other events, such as your school’s homecoming. It is common for many people who wear braces to go with this option as it allows their braces to have a festive look.

Favourite Colors

Just wearing your favourite colour is an easy way to have stylish braces without having to worry about what to choose for different occasions. This will also save you time, as your orthodontist will already know exactly what ligatures to put on.


Many light-coloured O-rings have a tendency to fade faster than others as a result of eating certain foods or smoking. This can result in having green- or orange-coloured ligatures, so keep this in mind when making your colour decision.

Keep It Simple

If you would prefer to keep your braces simple, consider going with darker colours such as purple, black or dark blue. This is a good way to keep your smile stylish without having too many bright colours in your mouth.

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Janine James has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked for a variety of different publications including "[X]press Magazine." James is a San Francisco State University graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and creative writing.