A patient can change the color of the bands around individual braces every time he or she visits the orthodontist, according to EBraces.org. Many orthodontists offer a color palette of colored bands, or ligatures, from which to choose, reports AllNewTeeth.com.
These elastic bands serve the essential function of holding the brace wire in place, but can also serve as a means of expression, says DentalAssociates.com. Patients can choose from a variety of colors, including clear if they don't want colored bands on their teeth, notes EBraces.org. Most people should avoid white or yellow bands, as they will make the teeth look more yellow, states DentAbout.com.