One of the most common questions we receive here at Gladwell Orthodontics is, “can I chew gum with metal braces?” Some orthodontists may state that it’s acceptable for patients to chew sugar-free gum while they have traditional metal braces in their mouth.
They believe that since sugar-free gum is less sticky than gum that contains sugar, it’s less likely to stick to the braces. These orthodontists are also under the impression that even if gum does get trapped in the braces, the teeth will remain undamaged because there is no sugar in them.
While there may be some truth to these claims, Dr. Jason Gladwell explains that chewing sugar-free does come with some risks and therefore should be avoided as much as possible. Patients who chew gum with metal braces may find that the gum bends the wires of their braces and causes them to slacken. If this happens, patients may risk poor results.
Since undergoing orthodontic treatment takes a great deal of time, money, and dedication, we believe the pleasure of chewing with metal braces is not worth it. Even though the chances of chewing gum hindering treatment is small, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’d like to freshen up your breath after a meal or need something in your mouth while you’re at work or school, try some ginger slices, peppermint herbs, or water infused with lemon or lime.
Contact Gladwell Orthodontics
If you have further questions about chewing gum and traditional metal braces, don’t hesitate to call our office today at 919-453-6325.