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.
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.
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-year old change should be evident in about 4 weeks and chewing should continue for 6-12 months minimum.
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.
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
- 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.
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.