Most patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces at Castilla Orthodontics in Salem Oregon LOVE to make a statement with their braces! If you are straightening your teeth with braces, why not spice them up a little with some color? Your orthodontist may offer different colored elastics that can be affixed around each bracket. They’re really called ligatures and are used to hold the archwire in place. They’re changed about every four-to-six weeks, so a patient can create a new look with each braces appointment.

Tips for Choosing Braces Colors in Oregon

The common colors that patients choose for their ligatures include shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Gold, dark blues, orange, green, or purple can complement a darker skin tone. Light blues, dark purples, and dark shades of red or pink can complement a lighter skin tone. Darker colors can make your teeth appear whiter; lighter colors can give your teeth a yellow tone. Which colors compliment your eyes? What colors coordinate with the clothing that you usually wear? You can choose to combine colors for your favorite sports team or school organizations. The Castilla Orthodontics associates say that some patients like to get specific color schemes for certain holidays like red and green for Christmas, or red, white, and blue for Independence Day. There are some colors that you may want to avoid, however. Black, brown, or dark green may mimic food stuck in your teeth and white can possibly make your teeth appear yellow.

What Do the Colors of Your Braces Mean?

Your color and your style is your choice. To express yourself with your braces, consider these colors and their meanings:

  • Red symbolizes energy, strength, and determination. It is an intense color with high visibility, but it’s possible to use a lighter or darker shade to reduce this effect.
  • Blue is often associated with depth and stability, as well as calm and tranquility. It is a masculine color that can create vibrant designs when combined with warmer colors like red or orange.
  • Purple is associated with royalty, wealth, luxury, and power. It can also symbolize wisdom, creativity, or mystery.
  • Green represents freshness, growth, and harmony. It can be associated with money or peace.
  • Orange symbolizes joy and happiness. Orange is highly visible and can be used to make exciting color combinations.
  • Yellow represents honor, loyalty, and cheerfulness. It also symbolizes intellect and energy. Just like red and orange, it’s a very visible color.

Now you’re ready to choose the colors of your elastics (ligatures)! If you’re looking for an expert orthodontist in Salem, OR to help you choose some exciting new colors, then talk to Dr. Ana Castilla and the Castilla Orthodontics team. They specialize in orthodontic care for kids and teens. Contact them for information or to schedule an appointment, call: 503.399.0721