Can You Chew Gum With a Retainer?

Woman laughing while friend blows a gum bublble People chew gum for all sorts of reasons. Some want to reduce bad breath, while others find that it simply helps relieve boredom. Sugar-free gum can even have some oral health benefits! 

However, when you start wearing a retainer after ending orthodontic treatment, you may need to think twice before unwrapping a stick of your favorite flavor. Keep reading for more information.

Clear Retainers and Hawley Retainers

You might be instructed to wear your removable retainer around the clock in the beginning. However, it’s important to take it out before you drink anything but water and when you eat. 

Gum is no exception. Don’t chew it while wearing your retainer. At best, you’ll find yourself picking pieces of sticky gum off the appliance. At worst, your new retainer could get damaged.

Keep in mind that you can eventually transition to nightly retainer wear. At that point, you won’t need to worry about it getting in the way of your chewing gum habit. You won’t be wearing it!

Permanent or Bonded Retainers

Permanent retainers are a convenient alternative to removable retainers. You don’t have to remember to put them in or take them out. Plus, they are discreetly placed behind your teeth.

Patients with permanent retainers, also known as bonded or fixed retainers, have to be a bit more careful about what they eat. Foods like popcorn, nuts, and toffee may cause damage. Gum can also be problematic. That’s because it can cling to the wire and possibly bend it.

You might be able to continue chewing gum if you keep it in the back of your mouth. However, you should let experienced orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman give the final say in this matter. He knows what’s best for your smile because he’s familiar with your exact type of dental retainer.

Schedule a Consultation in Denver

Dr. Robert Rudman and our team are ready to answer your questions about dental retainers. Call 303-331-0222 to schedule a consultation at Advanced Orthodontic Care. We welcome patients from Denver, Cherry Creek, Stapleton, and nearby areas of Colorado.

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