How to Make Braces Less Noticeable

Getting your braces means getting used to seeing a different version of you in the mirror. Many of you won’t take issue with your new look — after all, it’s improving your smile everyday — but some newcomers aren’t as quick to embrace the brace.

For those in column B, we’ve put together the best tips on how to take the edge off. From styles to servicing, hardware to habits, these are the best ways to make your braces less noticeable. 

1. Clear Aligners

We’ll start with the big guns. The most popular form of low-visibility orthodontic correction right now is clear aligners. Think of brands like Invisalign, OrthoCaps, ClearCorrect, and SparkAligners. These minimal, see-through (but not invisible) ‘clear braces’ are popular for being removeable, but they come with a number of rules. You’ll have to brush your teeth more often, can’t drink warm drinks when they’re in, and will have to be on top of your game with maintenance.  Plus, they’re not suitable for everyone depending on the severity of the malocclusion.

Read about clear aligners.

2. Think carefully about the colour

When choosing braces, you can choose from every colour in the rainbow. Variety is good but think long and hard about your decision. If you’re the type who doesn’t want to draw attention to your new look, maybe a fluoro pink isn’t the way to go. When in doubt, opt for the least noticeable colour, or one that matches the type of braces you wear. 

3. Practice smiling

One of the first thing you’ll notice when you get braces is that your smile will feel different. This is something you’ll get used to — you just have to practice! Look in the mirror and try a range of smiles. Once you’ve got your best one locked, it’s time to get to work. Smiling often will train the 17 muscles you can use to smile, and make it feel more natural.

4. Take care of your lips, accentuate the eyes

If you’re wondering how to hide braces, a great way is to accentuate your other features. If you wear makeup, accenting your eyes and keeping eye contact will keep people engaged when you speak. Likewise, taking care of your lips with a sunscreen balm will keep your lips healthy, causing no undue reason to linger on your mouth.

5. Investigate different types of braces

If you can’t get clear aligners, you’ve still got options for ‘regular’ braces. Ceramic braces are popular for their colour and soft features that blends in well with your teeth. You might even be a candidate for lingual braces, which sit on the insides of your teeth and are rarely seen at all. 

6. Hygiene

Bad dental hygiene draws attention to your mouth when you don’t have braces, so imagine when you do. Some easy tips here are to brush and floss regularly to keep your mouth free of debris and stay away from foods like popcorn or toffee — believe us, they can be more trouble than they’re worth. 

Also try to stay away or minimise eating foods that can stain your ceramic braces or aligners, such as coffee, tea, red wine, curry… etc. If you are a smoker, it’s also a good time to give up smoking as cigarettes or tobaccos can stain ceramic braces or aligners.

7. Embrace the brace

Besides the excuse to grin like an idiot all day exercising your cheeks, this one is our favourite. You’re going to have your braces for a long time, so you might as well embrace them! Becoming confident with your braces will take time, but a good way to fast track the process is to get back out into the world and socialise normal. 

Read more on how to wear your braces with confidence.

Need More Information?

The best place to start is by getting in touch with your local orthodontist using our finder. They’ll be happy to give personalised advice on any of the above topics. 


For more on braces, read about how to care for them, how to survive special occasions wearing them, and our five life hacks for living with them.

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