Are Invisalign Chewies Actually Effective?

How Invisalign Chewies Can Assist Your Smile Journey

Invisalign trays are effective tools for straightening your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike traditional braces, they are barely noticeable and they can be easily removed. However, some patients have trouble with tracking their aligners. In other words, their aligners don’t fit close enough to their teeth. 

That’s where Invisalign chewies come in. By chewing on these small devices, you can eliminate these spaces. However, some people are skeptical about their benefits. In our latest blog post, Movemints examines whether or not these chewies are actually effective. 

What Are Invisalign Chewies?

Movemints gives a brief overview of these Invisalign accessories

Woman holding an Invisalign chewie between her clear aligners

Invisalign chewies are basically small objects that you chew on to make your aligner fit your teeth better. They are typically made of a soft, plastic-like material. Chewies can come in a number of different colors, such as green, pink, white, or purple. Some are also scented, which makes them a bit more pleasant to chew than the plain styrofoam alternatives. Because of their small size, you can easily store them in your aligner case.  

How Do They Work? 

Using them is pretty simple. Simply place a chewie between your teeth and bite down for about 20 seconds. Then, move it around your mouth and continue to bite down until you have reached all of the spaces. We recommend doing this process a second time once you are finished with the first round. To get the most out of your Invisalign chewies, you should use them twice a day. 

Types of Invisalign Chewies

Invisalign chewies are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. Regular chewies are typically shaped like a cylinder and can be re-used multiple times. While some are made just to fix your tray alignment, some brands offer extra benefits. Movemints™ offers its own clear aligner mints. They are similar to Invisalign chewies, but they are edible, tasty, and safe for aligners. Regular Invisalign chewies are not meant for consumption. 

Taking Care of Invisalign Chewies

After using them, you should wash them with water and mild soap. Chewies typically last for about several sessions before they lose their elasticity and accumulate bacteria which makes them smell and taste downright funky. Taking care of them is crucial for getting as many uses out of them as you can. 

So, Do They Actually Work?

The short answer is yes. Chewing exercises do stimulate tooth movement and ensure a proper fit for your clear retainers. In order to get the most out of your Invisalign chewies, you need to use them at least twice a day for about five to ten minutes. If you aren’t seeing the results you expected, you might need to chew on them a little longer. Remembering to wash them and store them in a dry area can help them last longer.

Products That Are Similar to Invisalign Chewies

Brands like Movemints offer added benefits for Invisalign wearers

Pouring Movemints clear aligner mints into hand

If you don’t want to deal with washing and storing chewies twice a day, consider using Movemints, fresh mints that are specifically designed for Invisalign users. 

In addition to helping your trays seat properly on your teeth, Movemints are great for freshening up your breath and improving your oral health! Thanks to a therapeutic dose of xylitol in every mint, users can reduce plaque build-up in their teeth and reduce their risk of developing tooth decay. Because they are sugar-free, Movemints are also great for treating dry mouth.

Invisalign patient using a chewies alternative from Movemints clear aligner mints

Compared to regular Invisalign chewies, Movemints offer more bang for your buck. While some brands do offer scented chewies, they do not offer the added oral benefit that these sugar-free mints are able to provide users. Once you’re finished chewing, you don’t have to worry about any sticky residue leftover.

Other Invisalign Accessories You Can Try

Consider trying these accessories in addition to Invisalign chewies

It never hurts to add some extra Invisalign accessories to your dental kit. After all, your Invisalign journey won’t always be seamless and clear-cut. Because your teeth are being adjusted, you might experience some irritation and pain. Check out these other Invisalign accessories that are built to make your smile journey as enjoyable as possible.

OrthoKey

Removing clear aligners can be tedious and frustrating, especially if they are tightly fitted to your teeth. With the OrthoKey, you can seamlessly remove your Invisalign. Thanks to its ergonomic intuitive design, you never have to worry about finger fishing your aligners to get them out! At 3 inches, the OrthoKey can easily fit in your Invisalign case.

Soluria Smile Saver™

Need to give your Invisalign trays a quick and thorough cleaning? Try the Soluria Smile Saver™ Spray! This fast-acting cleaner eliminates up to 60% of bacteria. Unlike other cleaning formulas, you don’t have to rinse your aligner before placing it back into your mouth. Just wait a minute after you finish cleaning them, and you are good to go! 

Assortment of Invisalign Accessories from Movemints

Are you looking for a simple, yet effective accessory to accompany your Invisalign treatment? Check out Movemints — mints designed to freshen up your breath and help your aligners track properly. For years, Invisalign patients have loved using Movemints, so isn’t it time you gave the Mint That Fits™ a try? 


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