When Invisalign was introduced to the market, I could tell right away how popular clear aligners were going to be with my patients. The convenience of removable aligners would absolutely change the orthodontics game.
The lifestyle is ideal for adults, and my patients love the combination of flexibility and discretion that Invisalign provides. But straightening teeth with clear aligners is no walk in the park. The trays, which have to be worn for 22 hours each day, are hard, tight, and require some lifestyle adjustment. Many people are surprised at how uncomfortable the experience can be.
Back in the early days, my colleagues and I didn’t have much to give patients who complained of common symptoms like pain and dry mouth. Other than plastic chewies, there were no accessories that could help them wear aligners comfortably and freshen bad breath.
And that just didn’t sit right with me.
So I started tinkering around with various designs. At first I tried to reshape the chewie, but quickly expanded my thinking. My goal was to create an alternative to chewies that would encourage the chewing exercises that we recommend for seating trays and soothing sore gums.
After two long and thrilling years of work, I finally had a prototype for Movemints, the Mint that Fits Clear Aligners®! I applied for and secured a patent, found a manufacturer, and we were off to the races. Today, Movemints are my favorite Invisalign accessories to give my patients, and they love them.
But what's been even more exciting is my orthodontic colleagues love them too!
Invisalign Chewies vs. Movemints Clear Aligner Mints
Recently, we invited two of them to contribute a story for the Movemints blog about why they love Movemints, and how they are incorporating them into their patient treatment plans. Our first contributor is Dr. Amanda Cheng, a Harvard-educated orthodontist who leads Days to Smile Orthodontics in San Francisco, CA. We met Dr. Cheng at the American Association of Orthodontists conference in Washington, DC where we introduced our Invisalign chewies alternative to the orthodontic world.
In her post, she describes why she prefers Movemints over clear aligner chewies.
Movemints Promote Compliance With 22 Hour Daily Wear Guidelines
Melissa is a blogger and a dentist and her husband is an orthodontist who provides Invisalign to his patients. So they both hear plenty of feedback from patients about the trials and tribulations of oral care. One of the more common, they tell us, is the inability to chew gum or eat breath mints during orthodontic treatment.
In their experience, this causes patients to make poor decisions about what they put in their mouth, especially when they are wearing an orthodontic appliance like clear aligners. These decisions can lead to suboptimal results and other dental issues that go beyond an irregular smile.
They call Movemints “a true win for both the patient for eating something and a win for the orthodontist because this allows patient compliance.”
Music to my ears, and I couldn’t agree more!
Treat Your Patients to the Only Edible Accessory for Clear Braces
If you want to help your patients the same way that I now help mine, I have good news! You can buy unlimited samples of Movemints for your orthodontic practice! Each sample package includes thirty 3 count sample bags of Movemints, which are perfect for including in patient sample bags, plus coupons that you can give your patients to save on their next order from us.