Chewies- What Are They & Why Should I Use Them

Chewies- What Are They & Why Should I Use Them?

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! 

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Dr Henry Wong is a local dental graduate, having done his studies at the University of Queensland. He has had over 10 years of practical experience, providing a wide range of services in the various fields of dentistry. He has a strong interest in Orthodontics (braces) and has an affinity treating young patients. Henry regularly attends a range of continuing education courses, and is very much up to date with his continuing professional development requirements.   Dr Henry is a long term member of the ADA (Australian Dental Association). He has also been involved with RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service), in a charity project that provides much needed dental treatment to villages in Nepal. He has also provided volunteer work in Brisbane through the National Dental Foundation.   Dr Henry enjoys spending time with his family and young daughter. They are often the reluctant subjects one of his other interests; photography. He likes to unwind by listening to comedy podcasts and tending to his growing collection of indoor plants.