Chewing Gum While Wearing Invisalign
Gum chewing is strongly discouraged during any orthodontic treatment. Although Invisalign does not have brackets for gum to break, the gum can stick to the aligners and be virtually impossible to remove. Here is more about why you should not chew gum during Invisalign treatment and what you should do if you chew gum by accident.
Why You Should Not Chew Gum During Invisalign
Gum is known for its stickiness, which is not a problem for teeth but can stick stubbornly to shoe soles and other plastics. Sugar-free gum is less likely to be a problem than sugar-containing gum, but the manufacturer of Invisalign recommends avoiding both types during treatment. If you do chew gum during Invisalign, you may be in for a laborious cleaning session at best and aligner replacement at worst.
When Gum Sticks to Aligners
Habitual gum chewers might possibly forget their Invisalign restrictions and chew gum anyway. If this happens, denture brushes may ease cleaning thanks to their firmer bristles. Cooking oil can be scrubbed onto the gum to help loosen it before cleaning with soap. Finally, the aligners can be placed in the freezer for short periods and brushed alternately to make cleaning easier.
During Invisalign treatment, you should remove your aligners before chewing gum. However, you should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours out of every 24, so you might want to simply wait until after your treatment is complete before indulging in gum again. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders, our Invisalign dentist in Rocklin, to learn more about gum chewing during Invisalign.
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