What's the Deal with Invisalign Chewies?

young woman in dentist chair asking question pink bib equipment white smileWhen you begin straightening your teeth using Invisalign, your dentist will take scans of your teeth to create custom fitted clear aligners to help straighten your teeth. Each new set of aligners applies pressure that moves your teeth into their new position. When using Invisalign, you want to know that your aligners are fitting perfectly over your teeth and moving them to the right place. Thankfully, you can use Invisalign chewies to properly seat your aligner in the right place. Let's find out more about Invisalign chewies and how they can help give you a flawless smile.

What are Invisalign Chewies and What Do They Do?

Let's explore the basics of Invisalign chewies and how they can help you seat your aligners

dentist scanning mans teeth in office mask large computer monitor scanner blue surgical glovesYour aligners are fitted to your teeth using scans, but you may still need some help fitting them as your teeth adjust.

When you place a new clear aligner over your teeth for the first time, you may notice that it is not fitting well immediately. This is common because aligners have to change in shape slowly over time to shift your teeth. So, the first time you put in a new aligner you will probably notice that it fits a bit differently or is causing some discomfort. That is when you should grab your Invisalign chewies. 

Invisalign chewies are used to “seat” retainers and eliminate any air bubbles between your teeth and your clear aligners. By using chewies over time, your aligners will fit better and become much more comfortable. Many chewies are made out of a soft plastic and are small enough to fit between your teeth. Using chewies for 5-10 minutes per day, especially if you are noticing your fit is off, will help your Invisalign fit much better. You can use chewies at any time of the day, but we especially recommend using them right before bed so that your aligner is fitting perfectly overnight.

How To Properly Use Chewies

Unsure about how to use chewies to seat your Invisalign? We’ve outlined some steps to help you get started

dentist explaining to woman movemints office question pointing clear aligners appointmentMake sure you use your chewies around your teeth, not just in one spot!

Anyone who is using Invisalign to straighten their teeth should have a chewie on hand, just in case. It is most important to use your chewies when you have just put in a new aligner, you have finished eating and are replacing your aligner, or you just aren't getting a snug fit on some areas of your teeth. To use your chewies properly, follow these steps:

  1. Grab a chewie and place it between your teeth so you can bite down.
  2. Bite on the chewie for a few seconds to seat your aligner.
  3. Move the chewie around your mouth, biting down for a few seconds after moving the chewie. You can move the chewie from the right to the left side of your mouth to make sure you have seated all parts of the aligner. You can also use the chewie to correct a certain part of your aligner that may have a gap between the teeth and the aligner.
  4. Use your chewie for about 5-10 minutes per day until your aligners become more comfortable.

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Will Using Chewies Straighten My Teeth Faster?

Though they may not make your treatment faster, they keep you on the right track

model of teeth with clear aligners dentist orthodontist office exampleBy using chewies, you are ensuring your Invisalign is doing its job.

Many people wonder if Invisalign chewies will speed up your Invisalign treatment. The short answer is no, but they do prevent you from prolonging your treatment. If your aligners are not fitting properly and you don’t correct the problem with a chewie, your aligners could be less effective at moving your teeth. That means, of course, that you will end up wearing your Invisalign longer than intended. So, while chewies won’t speed up your Invisalign treatment, they will prevent you from prolonging your smile journey.

Can Invisalign Chewies Prevent Aligner Discomfort?

When your aligner fits well, you should experience little to no discomfort

woman with toothache brown sweater hand to head apartment bookcaseDiscomfort with Invisalign should be mild and using chewies will make your aligners more comfortable over time.

One of the main reasons people decide to try chewies is because they are experiencing discomfort with their aligners. This is common, especially with new aligner trays that take some time to get used to. When you use chewies, you will probably not notice the discomfort go away immediately, but you will experience less discomfort in the future. If you use chewies for the recommended 5-10 minutes per day, you will start to notice that your aligners are fitting better and that you are experiencing less overall discomfort.

What Types of Chewies Are Available?

There are more ways to seat your aligners than just the soft plastic chewies

young woman using invisalign chewie movemint clear aligners smiling close upMovemints help straighten your smile and keep your breath fresh!

Since so many are choosing Invisalign as a discreet and effective option for orthodontic care, there are more options available for seating your aligners. One of the most exciting options on the market is Movemints. Movemints® work the same way that chewies do, but have the added advantage of being an edible mint. Simply place Movemints between your top and bottom teeth and bite down for a few seconds to close any air gaps. Movemints are designed by an orthodontist and have a patented shape to perfectly fit between your teeth and ensure a comfortable fit. Another advantage of using Movemints over regular soft plastic chewies is they are single use only. That means you don’t have to worry about cleaning your chewies, which can get smelly and gross if you don’t regularly clean them. Just grab Movemints and you can seat your trays on the go, wherever your smile journey takes you!

If you have not considered using chewies before, now is the time to start! Invisalign Chewies can really improve the fit of your aligners and will cause less discomfort over time. And if you don’t want the hassle of cleaning your chewie or losing it somewhere, try Movemints, the only Mint That Fits® your clear aligners! Movemints are the most convenient aligner accessories that keep your Invisalign in place and your breath fresh. Explore all of the different accessories Movemints has to offer in the Essential Aligner Accessories kit and discover all of the different ways you can improve your Invisalign experience.

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