SANTA ANA, Calif. - This Halloween, a lot of the kids who wear braces will be flashing toothy black-and-orange smiles. Not Tim Hamlin. This 10-year-old is going neon in green and pink.
Metal braces with colored accents are accessories worth smiling about, say kids and young teens.
But the colors aren't there just for decoration. Elastic ligatures or "ties" those tiny round bands that fit around metal brackets on the front of the teeth are the most popular colored tooth gear. (The ties and brackets are attached to thin wire bands that wrap across and put pressure on the teeth.)
Other colored parts of braces include neck-strap covers and the rubber bands that loop the top back tooth with the bottom back tooth.