Living with the teeth braces has become a reality for many children, young adults and even adults who wish to improve their teeth by straightening them and putting them into the correct position so that they could have a more natural bite, improved dental health, and prettier smile. However, the process of using braces is often very long one, and the materials from which they are made off can become warped or damaged if the user is not following their “Do Not Chew List” that is given to them by their dental physicians. This list covers all types of food that can damage braces, especially if a user is consuming this food regularly. While this list mostly covers hard foods and foods whose hard pieces can get stuck between teeth and brace elements (such as nuts, popcorn, pizza crusts, carrots, corn on the cob…), users are also highly discouraged to consume foods or treats which require long and constant movement of the jaw. Foods like caramel apples, licorice, toffee, tootsie rolls, sugar daddies, caramels, and of course all types of chewing gum.
While many people can control themselves into not eating majority items from their “Do Not Chew List”, not consuming chewing gum has proven to be one of the strongest challenges. Because of the tendency of bracers users to consuming chewing gum, this phenomenal received attention from much dental health and medicinal sources. While it is accepted by many that chewing gum can have many beneficiary effects on dental and mental health, their use together with the bracers can have significant adverse effects.
The most commonly used type of teeth braces uses the technique of placing brackets on individual teeth, which are then connected with the strong wire. During each visit to the dentist, those brackets will be moved (or rotated) a bit, enabling slow but steady movement of individual teeth into correct position. Having strong wire to hold teeth into correct position represents the foundation of the good and effective dental braces. Chewing gum (and other kinds of foods) can put unnecessary strain on the main brace wire, warping it, and therefore enabling teeth to drift out of their position. In the worst case scenario, teeth can start moving into bad positions, causing additional dental problems to the user. Chewing gums can also stick to the metal construction of the bracers, cause the feeling of discomfort or dental health issues.
However, chewing gum while wearing braces is possible if it is done in a responsible way. Firstly, the only types of gum that are used should be “dental” chewing gums. They are made from specific ingredients that will not cause gum to stick to bracers, and will additionally use sugar-replacements that will improve your dental health. Chewing gum while wearing braces can strengthen the roots of the teeth that are put into strain by the metal construction. Dentists often recommend users to chew a small portion of gum only while they feel the pain in their teeth, and when the pain stops to spit the gum immediately out, clean their teeth and braces, and continue maintaining their dental health (with toothpaste and brush) until next meal.