Month: June 2023

What are Invisalign chewies? How do I use them?

teens smiles while using Invisalign chewies

Invisalign® chewies are small but mighty! If you’re on the exciting journey of transforming your smile with Invisalign, using Invisalign chewies can make a big difference in your treatment progress. 

Your friends at Jupiter Orthodontics are here to guide you along your transformation journey so you can experience the best results in the shortest amount of time. Let’s dive into the world of Invisalign chewies, what they are, how to use them, and where to get them! 

What are Invisalign Chewies?

Invisalign chewies, also known as aligner chewies or “Invisalign bite sticks”, are small cylindrical cushions made of a soft, pliable material. These chewies are designed to help seat your aligners properly, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit, by biting down onto the chewie. 

Using an Invisalign chewie can help ‘snap’ your aligners into place to secure the aligner for maximum effectiveness with each set of aligners.

These chewing exercises will remove any air bubbles between your teeth and aligners. Invisalign chewies can also help stimulate tooth movement and offer relief from discomfort. 

How to Use Invisalign Chewies

It’s super easy to use Invisalign chewies! Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Grab your aligner chewie: They usually come in small packs or can be obtained from your orthodontist.
  2. Insert your aligners: Pop in your Invisalign aligners as usual and ensure that they’re in place.
  3. Bite and chew: Take the chewie and bite down on it gently but firmly. The cushiony material will compress between your teeth, creating gentle pressure that helps the aligners fit snugly against your teeth.
  4. Move it around: For best results, bite and chew on the chewie in various spots, including the front and back teeth, left and right sides, and upper and lower jaws. This ensures that your aligners are completely seated!
  5. Repeat the process: Aim to use your Invisalign chewies for about 5-10 minutes, several times a day. Make it a part of your daily Invisalign routine!

We recommend you use chewies in the morning and at night for about 5 to 10 minutes. If your Invisalign tray is not fitting on one particular tooth, give that tooth extra chew-time each day. 

Can using orthodontic chewies speed up the treatment process?

Using orthodontic chewies can help keep your treatment progress on track so you can experience a beautiful new smile in the shortest amount of time! An effective and efficient treatment process consists of excellent oral hygiene, a commitment to wearing your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, and using Invisalign chewies regularly to ensure a snug aligner fit.

Where to Buy Invisalign Chewies

We will provide you with a pack of Invisalign chewies when you start orthodontic treatment with us at our Jupiter orthodontist office!

You can purchase a pack of Invisalign chewies on Amazon for under $10. They’re also sold at WalMart!

Are Invisalign chewies reusable?

Invisalign chewies aren’t intended for long-term reuse, but they can be reused for a short period. However, it’s crucial to prioritize hygiene and keep your chewies clean! 

Immediately after using chewies, rinse them with water. If needed, you can use a mild soap or toothpaste to double down and give them a quick clean. Replace your chewies if they become worn out or lose their flexibility.

Still have questions about Invisalign chewies?

Invisalign chewies are part of the secret sauce to ensure a comfortable Invisalign fit and maximum effectiveness throughout treatment! Using them consistently will make a significant difference in your treatment progress. 

Dr. King, Dr. Welch and our experienced team are here to keep you informed! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about chewies, Invisalign treatment or any of our other orthodontic treatment options

Ready to start your own journey? Request your complimentary consultation with us at our Jupiter orthodontist office today!

How Jupiter Orthodontics gives back to our community

hands of team members of an Orthodontist in Jupiter

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth to us! While our role as leading orthodontists in Jupiter allows us to create beautiful smiles through braces or Invisalign treatment, our philosophy extends beyond our patients to our community as a whole. 

We’re always looking for ways to make our community smile and create a positive impact! Here are a few ways Jupiter Orthodontics has given back recently, and how we commit every day to engaging with our community beyond orthodontics:

Our local schools initiatives

The Jupiter team is proud to have built relationships with our local schools and sponsor various programs throughout the school year! We truly believe children are our future and giving them the tools they need to stay healthy and achieve greatness is our greatest passion. That’s why Jupiter Orthodontics created the G.R.I.N award for students who improve their performance and/or behavior during the year. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and sometimes that takes a little encouragement and someone who believes in them!

Dr. King, Dr. Welch, and our friendly team members are also happy to educate students on the importance of oral health and the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Jupiter Orthodontics also partners with many local schools in our efforts to give back through our Kindness Bench donations, hosting teacher appreciation events, and donating emergency supplies to school nurses. As a former child of two school teachers, Dr. King knows how important educators are in nurturing children’s healthy and well-rounded characters. 

We support local sports teams too!

Dr. King and Dr. Welch are proud to offer travel expense support for our local traveling sports team members so they can enjoy a full season of fun and sportsmanship!

Another program we’ve created with great success involves sports safety. With nearly 50% of children experiencing dentofacial injuries during sports activities, wearing the proper protective gear can greatly reduce the risk of oral injuries. This is why we’re proud to offer FREE custom mouthguards for ANY elementary or middle school student participating in a qualifying sports program. We love doing our part to keep your child’s smile safe and happy!

We’re committed to making regular charitable donations

Jupiter Orthodontics is wholeheartedly committed to giving back to our Jupiter community and beyond! We regularly make charitable donations to many different non-profits and voluntary organizations to do our part in educating our children, teaching kindness, and promoting food security. 

A few of the local and national organizations we support every year are the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, the Knights of Columbus (Food for Families), and the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation

From educating young girls in our community on the orthodontic process to collecting pantry food items for families in hardship, Jupiter Orthodontics strives to help families in any way we can. Dr. King is also proud to offer FREE orthodontic treatment to children in need for every 10th patient that starts. While our practice strives to provide affordable orthodontic treatment to every smile in Jupiter, we know that families near or below poverty level can struggle with any additional expense and want to do our part to help bridge the gap.

We do our part in protecting the environment!

As a business, we recognize the impact our tools and standard of safe care can have on the environment. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint!

A few ways our practice protects our environment (and beautiful Palm Beach County beaches) is through the use of digital x-rays and digital impressions! By using digital x-ray machines to get clear digital images of your teeth and jawbones, we forgo the use chemicals necessary to “cure” traditional x-ray images and their by-product which negatively impact our environment by leaving lead waste in our topsoil (a substance that takes over 2,000 years to break down).  

Also, with the help of our iTero, our team has eliminated the use of traditional dental impressions for our patients. This is more than just a comfortable method for our patients too! By using the iTero, we eliminate the need for impression trays, putty ingredients, and storage, reducing our material waste significantly!

We want to see Jupiter thrive!

Dr. King, Dr. Welch, and our entire team hope that our community initiatives don’t just affect their direct recipients but also create a ripple effect through our Jupiter community; inspiring others in our community to act with kindness and encouraging future generations to do the same! 

While we’re proud of all our local programs and initiatives, our Jupiter Team is also dedicated to providing top-quality orthodontic care to kids, teens, and adults in Jupiter and surrounding cities. Our world-class professionals use proven and unique techniques (such as the King Method) and advanced technologies to give each patient a personalized orthodontic experience that achieves the best possible smile results. 

When you visit us for your free orthodontic exam, we’re confident that you’ll see our commitment to supporting our patients and our community. Everything we do at Jupiter Orthodontics is centered around our patients!

If you have any questions about orthodontics, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Use our blog as a guide for orthodontic treatment!