Can I Chew Sugar Free Chewing Gum with Invisalign In?

Since 1997, Invisalign has been the go-to orthodontic treatment for teens and adults. It can allow you to straighten your teeth and improve the aesthetics of your smile with virtually no discomfort or inconvenience. Once you get used to having the clear aligners in your mouth, you’ll completely forget you’re going through treatment.

One of the greatest advantages of Invisalign is that its aligners can be removed any time you want to eat, drink, brush, or floss your teeth. This means you don’t have to forgo any of your favorite foods and can clean your mouth without the hassle. Just make sure you keep the aligners in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day and they’ll slowly but surely work their magic.

If you’re an avid gum chewer, you may be wondering how Invisalign will affect this habit. Although it’s all too easy to pop a piece of sugar free chewing gum in your mouth while your aligners are still in, you should avoid doing so. Here’s why: The gum can easily stick to your aligners and damage them.

Any time you’re in the mood for some gum, simply take out your aligners. Be mindful of how long you chew it as you don’t want to keep your aligners out of your mouth for too long. If you do, they won’t be able to perform their job and you’ll prolong your treatment. Before you put them back in, brush your teeth thoroughly. During your Invisalign treatment, it may be just the motivation you need to stop chewing gum or having other sugary candy constantly in your mouth. Our Goldsboro, NC dentist friends at Carlyle Dental often state that patients with poor oral health often have a sugary diet.

Keep in mind that aligners should be removed any time you eat anything, not just gum or candy. This will keep them in optimal shape and ensure you’re on track to meet your orthodontic goals.

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If you have any questions about chewing gum with Invisalign in your mouth, we encourage you to contact our office today. Call us at 804-884-9906 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!

You can read this article in Spanish here – ¿Puedo masticar chicle sin azúcar con Invisalign?

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