Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners designed to fit comfortably over your teeth to straighten your teeth. Your aligners must fit properly so that your treatment can proceed as planned. When you first begin using a new set of aligner trays, you may notice that they do not comfortably fit against your teeth. Biting down on a chewie helps the aligners fit nicely against the teeth, fast-tracking your treatment.
Additionally, using the chewies helps alleviate tension and discomfort associated with inserting a new set of aligners until your teeth begin to shift.
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Additionally, clear aligner chewies are referred to as aligner tray seaters. These orthodontic accessories can help you achieve the best outcome possible with Invisalign. Chewies are assembled from a type of plastic foam known as styrene copolymer. They are quite small, though some may be slightly longer. The hollow centers of the tubes are frequently scented to match their color.
How to Use an Aligner Chewies
While Invisalign is a highly effective method of teeth straightening, some patients experience difficulty tracking their aligners when the trays do not fit appropriately on their teeth. That is why many orthodontists recommend that patients gently bite on Invisalign chewies to help eliminate gaps and spaces.
Place an aligner chewie between your teeth and bite down. Before releasing the bite, hold it for five seconds at the very least. Then, move it from one end of your mouth to the other, biting up and down on it with all of your teeth.
Repeat this procedure for an additional 5 to 10 minutes to ensure that your aligners are securely seated against your teeth. At a minimum, perform this exercise twice daily (morning and night). They can be washed with mild soap and water after each use and reused several times before losing elasticity.
If you believe that one area or the tooth does not fit the trays and others, perform additional chewie exercises on that area or tooth. Utilize the chewies whenever you switch to a new set of aligners; they will assist the aligners in seating properly on your teeth, resulting in the best possible tooth movement.
After each use, thoroughly clean your chewies. Bacteria thrive in saliva-soaked foam chewies. After each use, thoroughly rinse your chewies. You can even use mild hand soap to assist in keeping them clean.
Pro tip: Using the chewies before bedtime can give you maximum benefits. Other times of using them are after each meal or cleaning teeth when you wear the aligner trays.
Benefits of Invisalign Chewies
Other practices, including massage, can help straighten teeth. It can also be helpful to connect the aligners with chewies, which are cylindrical, soft-textured bits. Be sure to chew on the chewies with all your teeth.
Chewies are made of a flexible plastic called Styrene Copolymer and are approximately the size and shape of a pencil grip or a cotton roll. They’re manufactured and designed exclusively for clear aligner therapy, enhancing fit and comfort. You can chew on Invisalign chewies to close air bubbles between your Invisalign aligners and your teeth. They help your aligners fit better, feel more comfortable, and perform properly.
The fundamental benefit of chewies is that they can fast-move teeth. To achieve optimal results, use the 10-minute straightening technique discussed above every day.
The chewies are created separately from the aligners and can be ordered online.
Do Invisalign chewies work?
Yes. Chewing stimulates tooth mobility and helps your clear retainers fit properly. They also improve blood flow to the teeth and gums, reducing Invisalign pain. Orthodontists recommend chewing exercises twice a day for five to ten minutes to ensure Invisalign aligners are seated appropriately. If your aligners aren’t tracking, you may require Invisalign modifications.
Invisalign chewies are cheap and easy to find. With careful care and washing, you can reuse them several times. After use, wash with water and mild soap. They usually survive a few sessions before losing their suppleness and collecting bacteria, causing them to smell and taste bad. Taking care of them is essential to getting the most usage.
Wear your aligners as directed and follow all other directions to get the best results from your Invisalign treatment. Kumra Ortho is dedicated to helping patients get the most out of their treatment. Contact us today for additional information on utilizing chewies during this process.