Q. Can I still chew gum with braces?
A. Chewing SUGAR FREE gum while you have braces is fine for most braces these days. In days past, the gum used to get caught on the braces and pull them off. Now we have stronger glues and smaller braces. However, gum with sugar can cause other problems. Sugar will cause the plaque on the teeth to grow more quickly which leads to higher probability of tooth decay. In most cases a sugar free, non-stick gum such as Freedent or Wrigley's Extra will be fine. If you have braces, it is best to consult your orthodontist before chewing gum. For more information, or for a complimentary consultation, call our office at 253.848.4537, or visit us on the web at smilesbysutherland.com.