Did you know that over four million people in the U.S. wear braces, and 25% of these individuals are adults? Braces are a common procedure to correct a misaligned jaw or crooked teeth. However, some people may feel self-conscious about wearing braces and want to make them less noticeable. Fortunately, we have some tips that can help.
At McDonough Orthodontics we use clear brackets. These brackets blend in with your teeth and are much less noticeable than traditional metal brackets. While they may be slightly more expensive, they can significantly improve your confidence during orthodontic treatment.
Use clear or white rubber bands.
Clear or white rubber bands can also help make your braces less conspicuous. These rubber bands are less noticeable than traditional colored bands and can blend in with your teeth. Talk to us about using clear or white rubber bands during your treatment. Keep in mind that these bands may not be as strong as colored bands, so you may need to change them more frequently.
Avoid brightly colored bands.
If you don’t want your braces to stand out, it’s best to avoid brightly colored bands. While they may seem fun and playful, they can draw attention to your braces and make them stand out even more. Stick to neutral colors like clear, white, or silver to help your braces blend in with your teeth. If you want to add color, consider using a subtle shade like light blue or pale pink.
Practice good oral hygiene to make your braces less noticeable.
Keeping your braces clean and shiny can help make them less noticeable. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss daily to remove any food particles that may get stuck in your braces.
Here are three aids to keep your braces and teeth clean:
- Interproximal brushes are great at dislodging plaque and food particles trapped between teeth and cleaning out debris that catches on brackets and wires.
- Water flossers – these can flush out food particles.
- Fluoride mouth rinses – there are over the counter or prescription strength. A daily fluoride rinse can strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent white marks (decalcification).
Also, avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine.
Wear clothing that complements your braces.
Choosing suitable clothing can also make your braces less noticeable. Avoid wearing bright colors that clash with the color of your braces, such as red or orange. Instead, opt for neutral colors like black, white, or gray. You can also choose clothing with patterns or designs that draw attention away from your mouth, such as a bold scarf, statement necklace, or hat. Finally, avoid wearing clothing with busy patterns or prints that can clash with your braces and make them stand out even more.
Orthodontic treatment can benefit anyone at any age. It’s never too late to invest in a beautiful, healthy smile. But we understand that for anyone of any age, wearing braces can make some people self-conscious about their smile. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about wearing braces. We can help you select the best orthodontic treatment and style for you.
Dr. David McDonough