So the quest began, to design a device that grabbed the aligner effectively, that didn’t change the aligner shape and provided a visco-elastic force that helped seat the aligners.
We assembled a team of material science experts, industrial designers and specialists in clear aligner therapy to engineer a device that satisfied all of these essential elements.
These included features:
- anatomical designs to encapsulate the anterior teeth in both the maxilla and the mandible
- ideal Shore Hardness that did not disrupt the shape of the aligner when engaged
- silicone that had visco-elastic properties and satisfied all regulatory requirements, particularly being medical grade
- was easily utilised by patients which were instinctive to use
- were durable and cost effective
Our first iteration was known as the “Bone”, which basically was a “2 armed” Munchie with anatomical grooves that had been carefully designed after much research.