Chewies are a tool used throughout clear aligner orthodontic treatment to help keep the movement of teeth on track and on time, and keep the aligners feeling comfortable. They are small plastic cylinders that are used to place pressure onto the aligners to seat them up on the teeth completely, to ensure the right amount of pressure is applied on the correct part of the tooth. If they are not seated up correctly, the progression to the next aligner and overall treatment completion may be delayed.
Chewies can be used like a piece of gum and put in the mouth and chewed for 5-10 minutes. However, if a tooth requires a lot of movement, it is particularly important that the chewie is used precisely on that tooth to ensure predictable movement. This is done by placing the chewie in between that tooth and the one opposing it and biting firmly for 20 seconds.
This should be done after every time the aligners are put back in, particularly before bed. As the aligners are in for the longest period of time over night, it’s particularly important to ensure they are seated completely before bed. This is why it’s a good idea to keep a chewie or two in your aligner case you carry with you to keep your aligners safe while eating and drinking. Using your Chewies regularly help achieve the perfect smile as fast as possible.
Chewies can be reused and cleaned with soap and warm water until they start to deteriorate. We will provide you with a pack to start your treatment but don’t hesitate to ask us for more throughout treatment if you run out!