I'm pretty sure it's on my ortho's naughty list, but I haven't had any problems chewing gum with braces. None of the brands I have tried have been especially sticky; I don't really let the gum migrate to the braces side of my teeth; and I'm no longer in the thin early wires that can be easily bent by food or gum. I have molar buildups so only the two built-up spots really meet on each side, so I know what you mean about the open bite! I hope that improves for you soon because I know how annoying it is.Butterfly39 wrote:Hi thank you for replying, Is it OK to chew gum with braces I thought it would get tangled with the wires? it is harder to chew at the moment, only my back teeth meet together due to the temporary open bite and im guessing its not going to get any easier when he puts elastics on to move my teeth back, I will work on practice chewing excercises. My muscles should build back up themselves then when I finally get these off, fingers crossed! I also wonder if the constant stress in your mouth and on your teeth can age people and all the worrying about it! Only time will tell,
I do try to avoid analysing my face now aswell but its hard to avoid because I have to look to brush my teeth!
There really are a bunch of elements that can affect our braced faces. When I got my braces I instantly noticed a worse case of "resting b*tchface" due to the way the brackets subtly affect how my lips rest. I also experience a bit of lip strain at rest that I never had before, I guess from a combination of the molar buildups artificially opening my bite, and from the brackets taking up space under my lips. I haven't specifically noticed facial lines from this but it wouldn't surprise me if it could cause them. I'm a petite, thin woman in my mid-30s and have definitely noticed the beginnings of facial volume loss over the last couple years. I'm hoping to look a bit younger and brighter when the braces come off, if only due to smiling more!
You touch on an interesting point about the worry, too -- I think that the psychological trauma of braces for adults is definitely underappreciated, even by our orthodontists. (They're so used to dealing with kids, whose brains are so much more plastic and able to deal with all the growth and change that's a normal part of their lives!) I have a supportive family and this awesome community here at Archwired, which both help with the self-doubt. Stick around and we'll all get through to the other side!