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can you chew gum with braces

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Only if: Only if you want to break your braces, bend your wires, extend your time in treatment, and waste time and money. Open a can, the lid doesn't come all ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
35 years experience Orthodontics
You shouldn't: Gum chewing can cause breakage of your braces, resulting in longer treatment time, more appointments to fix broken braces and may compromise your end ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hilary Baskin
28 years experience Orthodontics
Yes, but: We do allow some less, sticky, sugarless gum to be chewed by our patients. Ask your orthodontist for guidelines.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
35 years experience Orthodontics
Tough on your braces: Gum chewing can cause breakage of your braces, resulting in longer treatment time, more appointments to fix broken braces and may compromise your end ... Read More
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Dr. Karen Butler
21 years experience Family Medicine
No: You are going to break the braces or get the gun stuck in them. Take care of your teeth. Braces are a big investment appreciate this and take care of ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Chapman
35 years experience Orthodontics
Not a good idea: Gum chewing can cause breakage of your braces, resulting in longer treatment time, more appointments to fix broken braces and may compromise your end ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Not smart: Constant chewing work-hardens wires so that they bend or break. It loosens braces or worse, partially loosens them so bacteria can get behind the bra ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Not smart: Open a can. Lid doesn't completely come off. Have to wiggle it back and forth 'till breaks loose. Gum does same thing to your braces. Want to be i ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Flat out NO: If you work-harden metal it breaks. If you chew gum you can cause the metal parts of your braces, especially the wires, to bend (then teeth move inco ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Dumb move: Hard/sticky/chewy foods bend wires, break wires, fully dislodge braces, or partially dislodge braces. All of these problems can extend time in braces ... Read More

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