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Our guides explain the Munchee’s benefits.

Thumb & Pacifier Sucking

Prolonged sucking can affect facial growth.

Break the habit.

Jaw Pain & TMD

Sore jaw and face pain upon waking or chewing?

Treat the cause.

Imperfection to Function

A better bite can improve muscle and bone function.

Make the connection.

Dribbling & Drooling

Saliva production and control is important.

Shift the pattern.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are painful and cause further issues.

Go beyond symptoms.

From Posture to Pillow

A good night’s sleep starts every healthy day.

Get better rest.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Find the fundamentals.

How long will a Munchee last?

This depends on a few factors, but as a general rule a Munchee should last between 6 – 12 months with regular use. As the bite improves so too will the durability of the Munchee, this is because the forces working across the device will be lessened by improved teeth position. Those who are heavy chewers, teeth grinders or wear the appliance more frequently than recommended may experience a shorter lifespan. Good care of the appliance is very important and it should be washed after every use and sprinkled with bi-carb soda weekly.

If with regular use, your Munchee breaks in the first 8 weeks we will replace the device free of charge. 

What's a Munchee made of? How do I know it's safe for my child/self?

The Munchee is made from medical grade silicone, a safe and approved material. For the technically minded, we have a comprehensive report on the bio-compatibility of these materials, just click here to download. Your Munchee should be washed after use and sprinkled with bi-carb soda then rinsed weekly to maximise lifespan.

How do I fit a Munchee?

This short video explains and demonstrates how to fit a Munchee. The dental nurse doing the fitting should know as she literally helped hundreds of children when she worked with Dr Kevin Bourke before his retirement.

Which Munchee is right for me?

Please check out the Munchee Sizing Guide which outlines how to select the best appliance size for your needs.

The right Munchee can be determined by age:

Child:

18 months to 5 years Bebe and Mini Munchee appliance which come with a handle.

6-8 years: Use a Small Munchee.

About the Handles: Children in this age group will use the appliance actively. The handle is useful to ensure we get the appliance into the correct position in the child’s mouth. Once the older child is accustomed to it you can cut the handle off. The handle can also be helpful for those children with poor oral motor control and who have difficulty keeping the appliance in place in the mouth. e.g dribblers and mouth breathers as well as children with special needs.

9-12 years: There can be a variety of structural sizing in children of this age group. A small 9-10 year with a narrow bite would be best starting with a small appliance and then moving up to the medium once they are used to it. Once the child has their 12 year old molars in place they have an adult bite so the medium appliances are the best option for them.

For children with special needs these medium appliances can be produced with a handle for better dexterity.

Children over 13 years will be included in the adult section as once they have their 12 year old molars in place they have an adult bite.

Download the instructions for how to use Munchee for kids here.

Adults:

Teenage girls/Women and teenage boys will use the Medium appliances.

Adult males and larger structured teenage boys will use the large appliances.

Some larger structured women also enjoy using the Large Munchee for extra jaw exercise.

Download the Instructions for using the Munchee for Adults here.

Are there any videos of real people & stories with the Munchee?

Lots of different people have used the Munchee since Dr Kevin first invented it. Nowadays people who used it as kids are even buying it for their own kids, they tell us it’s because they’ve seen the benefits for themselves as they get older.

Mary knows some of these people and took a few days to spend some time with them and make some cool little films to share.

Check them out, they’re as interesting as dinosaur stories…

Dr Mary Bourke introduces the Munchee Tales “real People” videos

Dr Mary’s cousins come for a visit to chat about using the Munchee when they were young

Dr Mary visits Natasha, Dr Kevin’s former dental nurse to talk about her Dad’s work and some of the patients they treated

Natasha, Dr Kevin’s former dental nurse fits a Munchee for Isabell

Kiana, the daughter of a long term patient of Dr Kevin’s uses Munchee for stress relief

Marnie, the Munchee blogger drops by to tell her story which has only just begun…

Send us your before and after photos!

Snap a photo when you first get your Munchee and then at least 3 months later! With your permission we’d love to post them on our Facebook page and even here on myomunchee.com!

If you’re keen to share your results with the world you’re also welcome to share your results directly on our Facebook Page. If you’re not that game or you’re still deciding if Munchee is right for you be sure to “Like” our page anyway!

How often do I need to use a Munchee?

This will all depend on what you’re hoping to achieve through using the Munchee.

At minimum, for general oral health and keeping muscles strong the Munchee works if your child can chew for 4 mins once a day. For 18 month to 5 year olds change should be evident in about 4 weeks and chewing should continue for 6-12 months minimum.

For older children 6-12 years old in conjunction with dental and other therapies the recommended usage pattern is 10-20mins per day active chewing, 60 mins passive use (watching TV, reading etc) plus overnight use. Changes should be evident in 8 weeks and should continue for 12-18 months.

Can the Munchee be used after orthodontic work?

The Munchee can be a very useful adjunct following orthodontic work. However, you need to check with your treating orthodontist or dentist if the Munchee is appropriate for you post treatment as there are many and varied approaches to orthodontic care. The Munchee acts on the facial muscles and helps them stay oxygenated and strong and helps keep teeth and gums clean. Both these factors can really help support the long-term outcome of orthodontic work. Feel free to have your practitioner contact us if they require further information on benefits and use.

What is “ACTIVE USE” of the Munchee?

Active use means “munching” with the Munchee in the mouth.

The sequence is as follows:

  • Simply insert the Munchee correctly with the “v” shaped notch at the front top.

  • Move the jaws so that the top and bottom teeth sit comfortably in the Munchee.

  • Bring the lips together – this is critical to success.

  • Simply “munch” up and down gently on the Munchee.

  • As your gums strengthen there may be some discomfort, but if your Munchee is too large, it’s simple to trim to size.

What is the difference between a Munchee and a Myobrace?

The Munchee is in fact a distant relative of the Myobrace. The Myobrace and the system that accompanies it are excellent early interceptive orthodontics prescribed and supervised by dentists as a full treatment protocol and plan.

Munchee is not intended or sold to the general public as an orthodontic appliance, rather to promote active use of the jaws and the muscles that move them. Over time, we have seen the use of the muscles in this way promote nose breathing, encourage natural bone growth and therefore arch expansion. This is due largely to the development of muscles and improved lip and tongue position from the use of the Munchee. The improved function of these muscles and tongue, (soft tissue) can result in changes and growth within the bony structures, which allows for an improved position for the teeth and jaws.

The key difference is that Munchee is chewed actively, while the Myobrace is passive and uses exercises to help with muscle tone. Some dentists utilise both systems as the Munchee can act as an early interceptive orthodontic appliance, particularly in the 2-5 year old age group.

Is there any research on the Munchee?

Dr Kevin Bourke did a number of studies at Osaka University in Japan (where some of the Munchees are made). With compliant use, the Munchee was shown to have some very positive effects on cases of plaque and open bite (teeth not fitting at the front). You can read Dr Bourke’s summary here. Munchee Australia is actively seeking research partners and opportunities to further the work started by Kevin and his team.

In recent years there has been a great deal of research done on chewing, breathing and lip and tongue position, see our Science Corner to find out more on this exciting and emerging area.

Will the Munchee stop snoring?

Firstly, it is important to understand that snoring and disorders of breathing during sleep are very complex and multifactorial conditions. The Munchee can both as part of a management plan where appropriate. The main role of the appliance is to assist in muscle relaxation, strength, lower jaw positioning and nasal breathing, all critical factors in these conditions. One of the key roles of the Munchee is to help bring a small bone in the neck called the “hyoid bone” upwards, this may not seem like much but many muscles controlling and effecting the tongue join to this bone. In promoting improved position of both the hyoid and the tongue coupled with nasal breathing, is how we believe the Munchee appliances assist reduce snoring.

Can I use a Munchee appliance instead of my dental splint made for me by my dentist?

This is something you will need to discuss solely with the treating dentist as splints and various appliances are used for a variety of reasons. We’re more than happy to answer questions or provide more details to your practitioner if required. They may also like to read our practitioner information page. Rather than think of it as a “this or that” try to look at the benefits of the Munchee such as muscle tone, oxygenation and gum health to see if it is a good fit with your treatment. We have a practitioner only model, the U-Trim, your treating practitioner is welcome to contact us for more information.

Which appliance is best for TMJ and headaches?

These kind of conditions can be tricky as they can have multiple causes and require multiple treatments to resolve. The Munchee can be an excellent tool to assist provided you refrain from vigorous active use as the muscular activation and sensory stimulation can help correct muscle balance and function. We recommend passive use with an appropriate Munchee in conjunction with your current treatments and practitioners. 

I am an adult female and have a small mouth - which appliance is the best option for me?

Try a Munchee appliance in medium size. When choosing size bear in mind it is better to have the appliance slightly larger rather than tightly fitted.

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People love the Munchee.

"The Munchee is the perfect tool for helping the key clinical goal of ‘normalising’ chewing."

Sharon Moore, Speech Pathologist and Author

“The Munchee’s a really great tool to assist oral function, and help manage some of the causes of malocclusion.”

Dr Dan Hanson, Dentist, Dental Excellence Lecturer

“The Munchee really helps—people need to know that when the pacifier’s removed, there’s something they can do to improve swallowing and nasal breathing.”

Dr Derek Mahony, Orthodontist, Dental Excellence Lecturer

“The way of the future—the Munchee builds a multi-disciplinary team around specialist integration— with superior outcomes for patients.”

Cheree Wheaton, Oral Health Therapist,
President, The Australian Association of Orofacial Myology