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Gum and Your Braces


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!

For more information visit us at Burleson Orthodontics.

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“The service at Burleson Orthodontics is amazing! I love it there and recommend them to everyone.“Lori Stuteville5 star
“We had several friends recommend them to us and we are extremely glad that they did. They do a great job!“Jennifer Bedard5 star
“We’ve had a great experience with Dr. Burleson and his staff! Both my kids’ teeth look great!“Julie Bonacorso5 star
“I could not be more pleased with the staff and the care and attention I have been given.“Pat Clyma5 star
“Thanks Dr. B for giving me a great smile in time for my wedding.”Christy5 star
“Now I am proud of my smile, which I wear all the time.“Dr. Emily D.5 star
Thank you for everything. I know it’s me when I look in the mirror, but I never thought I would look this good!Juan M.5 star
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