To chew gum with Invisalign or to NOT chew gum with Invisalign?

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Chewing gum with orthodontics has been a debate for years!

First let us talk about why our patients are in orthodontics?

  • Optimal Restorative Outcome

  • Aesthetics

  • Correcting Occlusal Trauma

Old theories… chewing gum bends wires…. Chewing gum knocks of brackets….

Chewing gum breaks clear aligners… Chewing gum sticks to braces and clear aligners…

Buckle Up!!! It’s time for Change!

New Technology and the Research…

· Chewing gum decreases pain with orthodontic tooth movement

· Chewing gum increases healthy orthodontic tooth movement

· Chewing gum increases patients’ compliance with wearing clear aligners

· Chewing xylitol based gum reduces caries, neutralizes pH, kills Strep Mutans…ok…hopefully you know this one is established and not new :-)

I know what your thinking… “My patients can just use Chewies or Acceledent”

I’m thinking, ”Why are you giving your patients a choking hazard that harbors bacteria?

Or why are you making your patients buy an expensive product that they won’t use?