Living with braces

Living with braces

One of the lesser well-known benefits of orthodontic treatment is that braces do fit into your lifestyle. However, it’s important you continue to look after your teeth during treatment and take steps to make sure your braces stay in top condition.

At Peel Orthodontics, our team offer the following top tips on brushing your teeth, caring for your braces, and what to eat during treatment.


Brushing with braces

It's important to keep your teeth clean throughout your orthodontic treatment, but the good news is it's still possible to brush and floss, even while wearing braces. Before you leave our clinic after your fitting appointment, we'll show you how to brush your teeth, making sure you get around all the parts of your braces. What's important to remember is that brushing will take a little longer because you must do it gently. The last thing you want is your brackets falling off! 

In addition to brushing and flossing, we also recommend using a fluoride mouthwash as part of your teeth cleaning routine. This will help to ensure you keep your teeth and your braces thoroughly clean and avoid any plaque build up. Disclosing tablets will also help to identify any areas where plaque my be forming. 

To keep your teeth in the best possible condition, it is important to brush them after every meal and snack.

Eating with braces

Life doesn't change too much during orthodontic treatment but you will need to make a few adjustments to your diet. After your braces have been fitted, and after every adjustment appointment, it is common for your teeth to feel a little tender. During this time, we recommend eating soft foods, such as:

  • Cooked or mashed food, such as bananas, stewed apple and pear, soft peaches
  • Desserts, such as custard and yoghurt
  • Cooked vegetables, such as mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Porridge

While wearing braces, it is also important you avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods as these can damage your braces and delay your treatment. Avoid the following:

  • Sticky toffees and hard candies
  • Corn on the cob
  • Pizza crusts
  • Biting on finger nails
  • Crunching on ice
  • Chewing on the end of pencils
  • Popcorn

Hobbies with braces

Many of our patients are worried about how life will change once they begin orthodontic treatment. What we say is that life just continues and your orthodontic treatment fits in around your daily activities. You can still play sport and musical instruments, it just requires some thought and care.

For example, before you run out on the sports field, be sure to have a mouthguard in place. We can advise you on the best mouthguard for your teeth and braces. 

If you have any questions about what life is like with braces, ask Dr Ash and our treatment coordinators at your consultation, or contact the friendly team at Peel Orthodontics today. 

CharlotteTreated with Invisalign for 18 months

Our Team

Tracey Treatment Co-ordinator

I moved to Mandurah from the UK in 2008 with my husband and two children. After 15 years experience in office management, I decided it was time for a change and retrained with Dental Nursing Australia to become a qualified Dental Assistant in 2010.

Since then, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience in general dentistry in both Private Practices and the Public Dental Health Services. I joined Peel Orthodontics in May 2012 and enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of the team.

I am a Treatment Co-ordinator for Dr Ash and enjoy meeting our fabulous patients and their families when they come to us for their initial consultation. I also work chairside, assisting with all orthodontic procedures.

Working with Dr Ash and seeing the positive results that our patients achieve through their orthodontic treatment encouraged me to have braces myself to improve my own smile. This has given me a greater understanding and appreciation of the process and the experience a patient goes through to reap the lifelong benefits of orthodontic treatment.

Tracey Treatment Co-ordinator

I have worked in the Orthodontics part of dentistry for over 12 years, and following a seachange to Mandurah 9 months ago, I began working at Peel Orthodontics.

In my free time, I love to enjoy our beautiful beaches, and estuary with my family and two dogs.

Making the most of a longtime love of the Peel region, we also enjoy boating, and entertaining, and I am currently renovating our home by the beach.

Peel Orthodontics Suite 3/5 Murdoch Dr
WA, 6210