How can Munchee Help?

At Munchee many parents contact us with a range of needs, from the simple to the complex.

Fundamentally the Munchee is a simple concept. This simplicity is the reason it’s popular with many types of practitioners. The flip side is that many practitioners who use Munchee incorporate it into highly considered, multi-factorial treatment plans.

Munchee staff walk the path of both parents and practitioners. In this context, we understand the search for answers and the nuanced use of Munchee. We want you to get the most out of your investment in Munchee so we’ve compiled these resources to help.

Common Symptoms

Weakness of the lips face and tongue can impact so many important functions of the body and problems can be difficult to spot and to link.

This graphic illustrates some of the common ways these kind of problems present. You may be familiar with one or many, each individual is different and this list is not exhaustive.

 

Munchee FAQs

Munchee sizing is easy...Download this chart to size yours.
The great thing about Munchees is that they are made of flexible silicone and can be trimmed if necessary, to get sizing more comfortable. With children it is good to start with a smaller appliance and then move up to a larger appliance once able to easily manage the smaller one.
If the Munchee is for a young child create a sense of excitement around the appliance coming, especially if you're using it as a replacement for dummy/pacifier.

Always rinse the Munchee before use. The Munchee can be submerged in freshly boiled water for 60 seconds to sterilise.

Ensure the Munchee is placed in the mouth with the "lips" indent at the top. Always keep the lips closed around the Munchee while chewing, this not only strengthens the muscles, it prevents excessive wear on the appliance.

Keep your chewing even and on both sides, chewing excessively or exclusively on one side will weaken the Munchee.

Rinse after use in cold running water and dry thoroughly. Aim for 5mins of active chewing, twice a day as an ideal protocol
At minimum, for general oral health and keeping muscles strong the Munchee works if you or your child can chew for 5 mins twice a day. For 18 months to 5-years change should be evident in about 4 weeks and chewing should continue for life.
This depends on a few factors, but as a general rule a Munchee should last between 6-18 months with regular use. Those who are heavy chewers, teeth grinders or wear the Munchee more frequently than recommended may experience a shorter lifespan. Good care of the appliance is very important and it should be rinsed and dried after every use. We will happily replace any appliance that proves faulty within three months of purchase.

At minimum, for general oral health and keeping muscles strong the Munchee works if you or your child can chew for 5 mins twice a day. For 18 months to 5-year old change should be evident in about 4 weeks and chewing should continue for 6-12 months minimum.
As an adult looking to expand the palate you are likely to need to work with a practitioner such as a functional dentist/orthodontist. The Munchee can be a great tool to use in conjunction with other care as it exercises the facial muscles and tongue.
Unfortunately, the Bebe is a practitioner only product. Please get in touch with your therapist should they believe it is suitable for your child.
We can all certainly benefit from munching on a Munchee but it’s not a replacement for professional assessment, advice and treatment planning.

As for bigger change in teeth alignment, it is useful to work with a functional dentist who is looking at the whole picture for your child. The Munchee can be a useful adjunct to supervised oral care.

You may wish to do some Googling for practitioners in your area. Some terms you may wish to search: Myofunctional dentist/therapist, Orofacial Myologist, Myobrace, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.
While the Munchee is safe for nocturnal use we do not recommend this unless you are under the guidance of a practitioner.
The Munchee can help you to tone the muscles of the face lips and tongue, exercise your jaw, promote nasal breathing and correct swallow pattern. These benefits are not impacted by a bonded retainer being present.
The Munchee can assist with sleep apnoea by toning the muscles of the face, lips and tongue; promoting nasal breathing and holding the jaw in the correct oral rest position. For optimum results we recommend working with an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist in conjunction with your other treating professionals.
In cases where you are exploring options to correct a malocclusion, we suggest that you seek professional orthodontic advice. The Munchee is a tool to assist with myofunctional needs, it is not designed as a stand-alone treatment but part of an arsenal that can assist you with correct oral rest posture, swallow pattern, tongue positioning and nasal breathing.

Tongue-tie, pacifier use and mouth breathing are 3 of the most common causes of this type of mal-occlusion. Be aware that this type of malocclusion is one that can cause damage to a Munchee due to the imbalance of forces through the jaw. It is essential for any child over the age of six years to work with a dental practitioner to achieve optimum outcomes. Begin with using the Munchee passively ensuring that lips are together at all times and build up to chewing very, very gently
Passive use describes holding the Munchee in position in your mouth with lips sealed around the device. Breathing through the nose, ensure the tongue is positioned on the roof of the mouth. Allow the jaw to rest in this position, no chewing needs to occur with passive use.
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.
Active use means “munching” with the Munchee in the mouth The sequence is as follows:
  • 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.
Dr Kevin Bourke did a number of studies at Osaka University in Japan. 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). Myo Munchee Operations is actively seeking research partners and opportunities to further the work started by Kevin and his team.
This is something you will need to discuss solely with the treating dentist as various appliances are used for a variety of reasons. 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.
Yes! At Munchee we are our proud of our product.

Each appliance is made using medical grade silicone, providing comfort and flexibility coupled with strength and durability.

We cannot guarantee exactly how long the Munchee will last for each customer due to the fact that no two humans are exactly the same. Bites and occlusions vary greatly and there are certain bites that will be more likely to damage the appliance.

In children’s cases we find that as the bite improves the appliance will last longer.

We will happily replace any appliance that proves faulty within three months of purchase. We stand by our appliances and need to be aware if there is any issue with the quality of our products. If you have any problems with quality and wear, please lodge a support ticket and send us a photo of both your appliance and ideally of your bite (teeth closed and showing).

PLEASE NOTE: this replacement policy cannot be used to replace an appliance a second time. Some bite structures and forces will always damage the appliance over time.

Find a Practitioner Coming Soon

Complex needs can require help from a range of practitioners. Find someone near you who uses Munchee

Submit a
help ticket

Not finding what you need? Submit a help ticket and we’ll get onto your case!