When I had braces, my orthodontist said no gum, jerky, anything that could possibly break a bracket. I broke mine a lot with gum, jerky, and chewin on stupid things like pencils or whatever. But every dentist says different. But I would ask your orthodontist to see what he says before I chew any gum.
nope! you are supposed to be miserable and deprived of all the simple pleasures of life while suffering through braces. you are to eat weird food and drink goofy stuff you otherwise would pass off to your little brother. after you spend zillions of dollars, you will have a beautiful smile but no one will like you because of all the bad things you muttered during this obstacle in your otherwise great life. you can thank your parents for this! all of us parents like you brats and THIS is how we show it! don't even try to smile while you read this indictment..it'll be too painful. but, you can drink all the water you wish...;-)