How to Use Chewies for Braces and Aligners

So you’ve received your Aligners. You unpack it and inside you find the Aligners, Aligner Removal Tool (that has a hooked edge), and this sponge-like circular cylindrical-shaped object. What is that? The object in question is called a Chewie.

Understand how dental chewies work:

• What Does Chewie Do?
• How Do I Use Chewies?
• How To Care For Your Chewie

Let’s delve into the details below.

What Does Chewie Do?

A chewie, also known as aligner tray seaters, is a chewing device that you chew with your invisible braces (clear aligners) on to eliminate the air space between your aligners and the teeth. It provides a uniform pressure when chewed upon to seat the aligners properly with minimal effort.

How Do I Use Chewies?

1. Firstly, your aligners should be worn and fitted over your teeth. Once you have done so, place the chewie between your teeth and bite down on it. You can bite down on it vertically or horizontally, whichever is suitable for you. Just don’t swallow it!

2. Ensure you bite and hold for at least 5 seconds before moving on to the next position. Start from the back end of your mouth to the other. Repeat back and forth a few times to ensure all your teeth have bitten down on the aligner seaters (chewies).

3. Repeat the process for approximately 5-10 mins in order for your aligners to be well-seated against your teeth. Do it at least TWICE a day (morning and night). A well-seated aligner would be more effective in the alignment of your teeth.

4. Should you feel there are areas or teeth that aren't fitting to the trays as well compared to others, do additional chewie exercises (biting on the chewies) on those specific areas to help with the fitting. Take note to use your orthodontic chewies each time you change to a new set of aligners so as to achieve the best possible teeth alignment.

How To Care For Your Chewies

These dental chewies for aligners can be washed with mild soap and water. After using, give the chewies a wash and leave them in an airy area to dry. Do not keep them in containers with no ventilation. You’ll be able to use your chewies until they lose their elasticity.

Though wearing an aligners can be a tedious process, it will be worth it in the long run when you can see your smile start transforming. Start your invisible braces journey with a free smile consultation today.

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