Can You Chew Gums With Braces?

Who doesn’t love chewing gums? Indeed, some of the most famous people are almost always seen with chewing gum in their mouth (Hello, Sir Alex…). However, can you chew gums with braces and rubber bands? This question should be familiar enough with those seeking orthodontic treatment. More often than not, your dentist or orthodontist would tell you to avoid chewing gums while you are wearing braces, and there are many good reasons behind such advice. However, that does not mean you have to avoid chewing-gums altogether. This article will give some tips that might help you have a safe and comfortable braces treatment while still be able to enjoy chewing gums once in a while.

Your orthodontist might tell you upon your first appointment that braces and chewing gum do not usually get along

Your orthodontist might tell you upon your first appointment that braces and chewing gum do not usually get along

Why can’t you chew gums with braces?

There are two main types of gummies on the market- chewing gum and bubble gum. Bubble gum is the type that contains sugar, so there is a greater risk of cavities and tooth decay if you chew it frequently. Besides, bubble gum can also be very sticky, so it while it may not pull your brackets off, it can get stuck in tricky places in your braces. Trying to get the sticky pieces out can accidentally bend the wires. If you spot the bend, try to book an appointment with your orthodontist immediately. But in many cases, people do not notice it, and your teeth can subtly move toward the bend, impacting your whole treatment.

Gummies stuck in your braces can be very tricky to remove, and cause damage to your brackets and wires

Gummies stuck in your braces can be very tricky to remove, and cause damage to your brackets and wires

However, the answer to the question “can I have gum with braces?” does not necessarily always have to be “No”. You might have that friend who wears braces and still chews gum once in a while and never has a problem. The secret is in knowing which type of gum is relatively safe for orthodontic patients, and how to chew gummies while wearing braces.

Can you eat gummies with braces?

Some articles suggest the act of chewing gums can be good for relieving the pain of new braces and gum inflammation due to the increase in blood flow it causes. The argument for chewing gums also states that it can increase in the production of saliva, which in turn helps remove the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. However, it is important to opt for sugar-free gum, like Xylitol. Soft strips of chewing gum are also said to be better for those with braces than hard pellets. Alternatively, you can go for mints that dissolve in your mouth to replace chewing gum.

Certain sugar-free types of chewing gum are said to be safer for braces, but you are still advised not to over-indulge

Certain sugar-free types of chewing gum are said to be safer for braces, but you are still advised not to over-indulge

Another upside to chewing gum while wearing braces is that xylitol chewing gum can help prevent cavities because they reduce the formation of the bacteria that causes tooth decay. It might also be a relief to know that today’s braces are made of much stronger and more durable materials than before, so chewing gum most likely will not cause any damage. However, that is not to say you should throw caution to the wind.

So, what is the right way when it comes to chewing gum with braces?

While there has been evidence of benefits that come with chewing certain types of gum when wearing braces, the common verdict is “Don’t”. If you are on orthodontic treatment, you should avoid chewy, sticky food when and where you can anyway, and chewing gum is almost always on top of that “food to avoid” list. Sugary bubble gum can result in an unwanted trip to the orthodontist, and if you are not careful, chewing gum can bend your wires and lead to the misalignment of your teeth. Adding to the treatment time is the last thing any orthodontic patient wants; therefore, it is best to avoid the risk that comes with chewing gum altogether. Considering the final goal that is the beautiful smile and straight teeth that last a lifetime, giving up on chewing gum seems a relatively small sacrifice to make.

Being careful with what you eat goes a long way in making your braces treatment safe and comfortable

Being careful with what you eat goes a long way in making your braces treatment safe and comfortable

That said, if you love chewing gum and happen to be wearing braces, there are a few things to keep in mind before you chew one. First thing is to try your best to avoid sugary gummies as they carry a big risk of tooth decay and cavities. There are types of chewing gum that are safer for braces, such as Xylitol and minty ones because they stimulate the production of saliva, which in turn releases minerals that are essential for healthy teeth and prevent bacteria. Secondly, when you have chewing gum stuck in your braces, remove as much of it with a toothbrush as possible, but you shouldn’t scrub too hard to avoid damaging your brackets and wires.

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