Brudenell Sugiarto & Huang Orthodontists – brushing and flossing with braces

It is very important to keep your teeth and gums healthy during the orthodontic treatment. If you let food particles accumulate over time, they turn into plaque which can cause bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to permanent stains around your braces, and inflammed gums can lead to increased treatment times.

What you need:

  1. Toothbrush (soft bristles only)
  2. Interdental brush
  3. Floss (Superfloss or Plackers Orthopick)
  4. Time!


  1. Disclosing tablets
  2. Tooth Mousse
  3. Fluoride mouthrinse (alcohol-free)


What you must do:

  • Brush your teeth, gums, and braces every morning and every night for 4-6 minutes with your toothbrush; and use interdental brush to clean underneath the wires and around the braces.
  • After every snacks and meals, do a quick brush with your toothbrush to remove any food particles stuck on your braces.
  • Floss every night.
  • Optional: Chew a disclosing tablet to check if there is any remaining plaque (which will appear bright pink!) and brush away any pink stains.
  • Optional: Rinse with fluoride mouthrinse followed by application of Tooth Mousse before bed.


Regular dental visits

It is important that you return to your family dentist or school dentist every six months for a routine dental examination and clean. Orthodontic treatment may need to be put on hold or stopped all together if there is a significant deterioration in your oral health during the active treatment period.