A very common question that I hear after a patient gets their braces on is whether or not they can chew gum. The answer is….no well to an extent. Although a lot of patients chew gum while they have their braces and do not break any brackets, this does not mean that it is recommended. What chewing gum really does is bend the wires. Chewing sugary bubble gum is a bad idea however if you must sugar-free is the way to go.
If a straight wire is placed into the mouth to move the teeth and you chew gum, you can bend the wire severely. Now if the wire is bent, then the teeth will move to that bent wire. When you come in for your next adjustment appointment, the orthodontist will see the teeth are still not corrected and place another wire. Which will result in a lengthened treatment time. In addition, as the teeth straighten out there will be less pressure needed to move the teeth. However, if you chew gum all the time, then your teeth will hurt longer because you keep moving the teeth into unacceptable positions. This will then result in your orthodontist applying more pressure to move your teeth back. Therefore, making you have more discomfort than usual.
The wire on the left is a normal wire, and the wire on the right is due to chewing gum!
If you are worried about bad breath, try sugar free gum or mints!
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