We all know that many sticky foods are best avoided during your braces treatment. But what about gum? Can you chew gum with braces, or will it damage your brackets? Well, it depends on a few different factors. Below, we’ll explain whether you can chew gum with braces- and how you can protect your teeth during the process.
Can You Chew Gum With Braces?
Patients with traditional brackets can chew gum- as long as it is the right type! Many bubble gums are loaded with sugar and other additives that can lead to cavities. Luckily though, there are sugar-free varieties that are safe for teeth. Look for the ADA seal on gum packages to choose a dentist-approved brand. Click here for more information about ADA-approved gums.
Is Chewing Gum a Good Idea?
Okay, so you can chew gum with braces- but does that mean you should? For some people, gum can actually have health benefits! Certain types of sugar-free gum can help to reduce cavities, making them helpful if you can’t brush your teeth after a meal. Gum also increases saliva production, which can help your mouth flush away acids. So yes, certain types of gum can actually help your teeth. Of course, it’s still important to enjoy gum in moderation- and to talk to your dentist or orthodontist beforehand.
Can You Chew Gum With Other Orthodontic Devices?
Sugar-free gum is safe for patients with traditional metal brackets. However, it is not recommended for patients with other types of devices. If you have a palate expander or other fixed orthodontic tools in your mouth, then it’s best to avoid chewing gum. Furthermore, patients with removable devices, like retainers, bite plates, or clear aligners, should remove these before chewing gum.
Talk To Your Orthodontist
Of course, all patients are different. While many chew gum throughout their braces treatments, others might find it’s best to skip the gum until the brackets come off. Your orthodontist can help you decide which option is right for your situation. They can also give you more advice to keep your smile safe and healthy during this time. To learn more about your braces, call Adventure Orthodontics today! Dr. Bar and his team are here to help.