Living with braces

If you’ve been fitted with braces or Invisalign aligners, life has just got a whole lot more exciting. After all, you’re on the journey towards a beautiful, more healthy, straighter smile. 

At Beam Orthodontics, we will sit down and talk you through the orthodontic treatment journey process. This is because we need you to take an active role in the care of your teeth. In between appointments there are a few things we need you to do, as outlined below, which will help you achieve the very best results from your treatment. 

Living with braces

Eating with braces

There won’t be many things you need to change about your lifestyle once you’ve been fitted with your orthodontic appliance, but there will be a few changes to your diet. 

After your fitting appointment, and after each orthodontic appointment when we tighten your braces, your teeth will feel a little tender and sore. During this time, we suggest you eat softer foods, such as:

  • scrambled eggs and soup
  • porridge or overnight oats (minus any seeds and berries)
  • mashed potatoes
  • macaroni cheese
  • yoghurt

The rest of the time you can eat a normal diet, but you must avoid:

  • corn on the cob – cut the corn off instead
  • biting into crispy crunchy apples or carrots – grate them instead
  • lollies, hard boiled sweets and chewy caramels
  • chewing and bubble gum
  • sugary soft drinks

The reason to avoid these foods and drinks is so as not to damage your braces or the health of your teeth. 

Keeping your teeth clean

It is always important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine but this becomes essential when you’re wearing braces or aligners. We will show you some techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth but here are some guidelines for optimum teeth health during treatment:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and snack
  • Use mouthwash as part of your brushing and flossing routine
  • Use disclosing tablets to identify where plaque may be building up
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush when cleaning your teeth
  • Attend regular appointments with your dentist, even during orthodontic treatment 

It is a little easier to keep your teeth clean if you’re receiving Invisalign treatment but it’s still important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal and snack. You’ll also need to clean your aligners too! 

If you would like to kick-start your treatment journey and start life with braces, book a free consultation with the friendly team at Beam Orthodontics in Dundee today.

Costs and finance plans

Name of treatment Price Monthly repayments
Invisalign from £3,000 £25 over 3 years
Lingual Braces from £1,600 £40 over 1 year



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Specialist Orthodontists

Ruaridh McKelvey

Rhu graduated in Dentistry at Glasgow in 1995, gained his Fellowship in Dental Surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in 1998 and then spent three years in Specialist Orthodontic training in Bristol and Exeter, completing the orthodontic exam (M.Orth) in Edinburgh in 2002. Rhu has worked both in practice and as a locum consultant. He has been based in Dundee since 2005 where he launched Beam Ortho with his wife, Jane.

Rhu appears in the Top 5 Scottish dental professionals, in Dentistry Scotland’s Leading 20 list. He was the highest rank Specialist Orthodontist too.

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Meet the team

  • Ruaridh McKelvey Principal Specialist
  • Ruth Fowler Specialist
  • Elinor Chalmers Specialist
  • Jane Adams Partner/
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  • Ariane Diplexcito Orthodontic

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I wanted to be able to smile at my wedding so I went for a free consultation with Beam. My smile has been transformed in one year thansks to Rua and his team.

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