Coloured Elastics

Many teenagers and pre-teens find that a visit to the orthodontist is greatly enhanced by choosing the colour of the elastics attached to their braces. Children and teenagers often try out a variety of patterns and combinations of colours. They may want to pick colours based on anything from new clothes they’ve bought to their favourite football team. As the coloured bands are typically replaced during each follow-up visit, frequent changes can be made to the colour selection.

Types of coloured orthodontic elastics

Coloured Ligatures


Ligatures are small elastics that are placed around each bracket and used to hold the archwire in the slot on the bracket. They typically come in many different colors and are used to push or pull teeth in a particular direction.

Coloured Rubber bands

Rubber bands

Rubber bands are somewhat larger, they also come in a wide variety of colours and are used to apply pressure to the jaw to correct the alignment of the bite and reduce overbite and/or underbite. Coloured rubber bands can be applied in number of configurations, but the most common is inter-arch (from the top to the bottom).

Check out all case studies:


A gap and overjet treated with traditional metal braces in 1 year and 3 months.


Bite alignment and severe overjet treated with traditional braces over 22 months.


Increased overjet (10mm) and crowded bottom arch corrected within 1 year and 8 months.

Grzegorz after braces


Severe overcrowding treated with traditional braces for 1 year and 10 months.

Mohammed after braces


Severe overcrowding and bite misalignment treated within 1 year and 4 months.

Joe after braces


Pronounced overcrowding and bite misalignment treated over 2 years and 2 months.

Carly after braces


Severe overcrowding treated with clear fixed braces within 20 months.

Joseph after braces


Overcrowding and overbite treated within 19 months with clear braces.

Toby after braces


Crossbite treated with removable braces & fixed braces over 16 months.

Sarah After braces


Overbite and crowding corrected with clear top and metal bottom fixed braces.

Asad After braces


Overjet and crossbite treated with fixed braces over 21 months.

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