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i want to know why i can't chew gum with braces?

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Dr. Gary Chapman
Orthodontics 35 years experience
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 result. Remember, every action has a consequence, take some time off of certain foods during your orthodontic treatment and then you can eat what ever you want when you are done. Enjoy your beautiful new smile!

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What is a swash brace?

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Dr. Tim Schrader
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Helps with balance: It stands for standing, walking and sitting hip orthosis. It can be used with cerebral palsy patients to help stretch the hip adductor muscles, improve sitting and standing posture and decrease scissoring of the legs during gait.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Can I still play soccer with braces?

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Dr. Shane Miller
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Yes: If you're talking about the kind of braces on your teeth, then you might want to consider wearing a mouth guard while you're playing to protect your lips and teeth. If you're talking about an ankle or knee brace, these are commonly worn by soccer players for various injuries.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you get braces after periodontal disease?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Absolutely: However, the periodontal disease must be treated and brought under control and the plan must be closely coordinated and supervised between the orthodontist and the periodontist.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What should I do if my braces break once a month?

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Dr. David Duguid
Dentistry 29 years experience
Take note: If your braces are "breaking" once a month, just consider what you are eating or doing that is causing this to happen. It can only benefit you to be very careful to eat only the right foods and to really care for your teeth. Having a loose bracket once a month can really slow your treatment down, which i know you don't want to happen! :) good luck!
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why are braces so expensive now?

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Dr. Robert Eckelson
Dentistry 50 years experience
They aren't.: Orthodontic costs have actually gone down since the early part of the 20th century when they became available. Since the 70's, orthodontic care has not kept up with the cost of living index. Having any service done has a value attached to it. I would hope that having braces and treatment done correctly by a trained individual would be worth the fee you agree to pay for the service.

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