After getting Invisalign or cleaner aligners, you may have heard about the Invisalign chewies or aligner seaters. If you’re a beginner, you might be wondering how to use Invisalign chewies.
Knowing the proper method of using the chewies for Invisalign is very important. If you use it regularly following the right techniques it can place the trays perfectly and move your teeth faster. You should use the chewies every time you get a new set of trays, even more than that to get a quicker result. It can also act as a pain reliever after getting the aligners.
Here, I have provided a step-by-step guide to using chewies for Invisalign effectively and answering the frequently asked questions regarding the chewies.
But, before that, you should check our other article regarding Invisalign chewies first and know if they really work.
How to use Invisalign chewies?
Here are the steps to use Invisalign chewies:
Step 1: Wearing the aligners and pick the chewie
- Wear the aligner trays.
Wear the aligners after you eat or cleaning teeth. Whenever you place the trays inside your mouth, use the aligner seaters or chewies. You should clean your teeth and Invisalign teeth before you wear the aligners. Normally you need to wear the trays 22 to 23 hours a day. If you take a break from them, even chewies can’t help straighten your teeth. So, be aware of it.
Also, before wearing the Invisalign trays or applying the chewies, must wash your hand with soap thoroughly or germs may affect your oral and general health.
- Choose the right Invisalign chewies.
Before you use a chewie, make sure that it hasn’t lost its elasticity. Many chewies don’t last very long and not so effective when you reuse them.
You can also check this article to know about the best and effective Invisalign chewies.
Step 2: Biting on the chewies
This is the main step of using the aligner seater.
- Place the chewies under your back teeth of one side of your mouth.
Hold the chewie and place it under the teeth to bite it down. Start from one side of the mouth. It’s better to start from back teeth. You can place it either in short ways or longways.
- Bite down the chewie for a few seconds.
After you place the aligner seater, bite it down. Wait for 5 to 10 seconds while biting on it. This helps the aligners sit tightly on the teeth.
- Move the chewie around your mouth continuing to bite down.
Next, you have to move the aligner seater from back to front teeth. Make sure that you bite it down with all quadrat of teeth. No matter which teeth you use to bite the chewie, wait at least for 5 to 10 seconds biting on teeth. The process makes your teeth feel comfortable.
- Repeat the same process.
If you previously move the chewie from the left to right side of your mouth, repeat the same process to bite it down while moving it from right to left. Don’t forget to wait at least 5-10 seconds for each bite.
Step 3: Removing the chewies
- Take out the chewie from your mouth.
Remove the chewie after you have done biting it down with all of your teeth at least 2 times. The more you use it more quickly you get the result.
The full process may take somewhat from 5 to 10 minutes.
- Clean it and make it dry.
As you can reuse most of the chewie, wash it with mild soap and make it dry so that germs can’t be accumulated on it.
- Store the chewies.
If you have an aligner seater case, keep it nicely inside it. If your brand doesn’t provide a case, you can check this article to find out the suitable one for you.
Frequently asked questions
How often to use chewies with Invisalign?
You should use Invisalign chewies at least twice a day to get a better result. Each session should last at least 5-10 minutes. Use it before going to bed to get the most out of it because this will help the aligners sit tightly on your teeth the whole night and work properly.
You can also use them more than twice to speed up the process, especially whenever you remove the aligners for some reason and place them back on your teeth again. But, it depends on your comfort.
When to use chewies for Invisalign?
Using the chewies before bedtime can give you the maximum benefits. Other times of using them are after each meal or cleaning teeth when you wear the aligner trays.
How long do Invisalign chewies last?
Usually, you need to change their Invisalign chewie whenever you change the aligner trays. So, one chewie may last for 1 to 2 weeks. You can use the aligner seater many times until it loses its elasticity.
How long to chew on chewies for Invisalign?
Bite down the chewies for 5 to10 minutes several times per day, as it’s recommended by most Invisalign providers. Use it especially for the first 2-3 days after getting a new set of aligners. This will help the aligners sit perfectly and do their work properly. As a result, your teeth straighten faster than usual.
Can you reuse Invisalign chewies?
You can reuse a chewie for Invisalign till it has its elasticity. When it gets loose or changes its shape, replace it with a new chewie.
How to clean Invisalign Chewies?
You can wash an Invisalign chewie with mild soap or handwash for 20 seconds each time after using them. After that make it dry and keep it inside a case.
Can you use chewies too much?
Using Invisalign chewies too much shouldn’t cause any issue. In fact, it can help aligners work fast. But, if you feel unwell while using it, you should take a break from it.
Use the Invisalign chewies regularly using the appropriate method to get the best result and speed up the tooth movement process. Use the aligner seater every day and especially after getting new trays to get the best result.