Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners designed to fit comfortably over your teeth. It is essential that your aligners fit well so your treatment processes quickly as planned. When you started Invisalign treatment, your Honolulu & Aiea orthodontist gave you aligner chewies which are small foam cylinders. The chewies are to be used to help close any air gaps between your teeth and your aligners.
When you first start with a new set of aligner trays, they may not fit tightly against your teeth. Biting down on a chewie helps the aligners fit more closely to the teeth so that your treatment progresses faster. Using the chewies also helps relieve tension and discomfort when putting in a fresh set of aligners.
To use an aligner chewie, just place it between your teeth and bite down. Makes sure your bite and hold for at least 5 seconds before releasing. Then move it from one end of your mouth to the other, continuing to bite up and down until you have bitten on it will all your teeth.
Then keep repeating the process 5 to 10 minutes to ensure your aligners are well-seated against your teeth. Do this exercise at least twice a day (morning and at night). You can wash them after each use with mild soap and water and then re-use them several times before they lose their elasticity.
If you feel that there is an area or tooth that is not fitting the trays as well as others, do additional chewie exercises on those specific areas. Use the chewies every time you change to a new set of aligners as they will help the aligners seat well on your teeth to help achieve the best possible tooth movement.
The orthodontist team at Morita Orthodontics is always available to speak with you! If you have any questions about your Invisalign treatment or using your aligner chewies, please contact us during regular office hours. We want your treatment to move along swiftly as planned so you achieve the results you want which is a straight, attractive and healthy smile designed to last you a lifetime!