Patents Assigned to American Orthodontics Corporation
  • Patent number: 10226311
    Abstract: A self-ligating attachment intended to form part of an orthodontic appliance, the external surface of said attachment being provided with a groove for receiving an orthodontic arch. A elastic clip that can be reversibly moved between an open position forming an open passage allowing the insertion of the arch into the groove and a closed position sealing the groove. A base including an external surface that supports the attachment and an occlusal surface which is intended to rest on one of the patient's teeth, so as to hug the surface of the tooth. In addition, the base comprises a support for the attachment and said base assists in the guiding of the clip, cooperating with the attachment, as the clip moves between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Curiel, Philippe Salah, William Ayache
  • Publication number: 20190021819
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body with a mesial and a distal channel. A spring clip includes a distal arm with a distal arm body and a distal finger and a mesial arm with a mesial arm body and a mesial finger. The spring clip is slidably secured within the bracket body by a sliding engagement of the distal arm with the distal channel and the mesial arm with the mesial channel. The spring clip is movable between an open position and a closed position wherein in the open position, the arch wire slot is unobstructed and in the closed position the mesial finger and distal finger extend into and across the arch wire slot to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer, Andrew R. Pietzner
  • Publication number: 20190021818
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket include a bracket body with an arch wire slot. A mesial recess is located at a mesial side of the bracket body and extends into the bracket body from the arch wire slot. A distal recess is located at a distal side of the bracket body and extends into the bracket body from the arch wire slot. A central ridge defines a ridge surface separated from the lateral ledges respectively by mesial and distal walls. A clip includes a first arm and a second arm connected by a U-shaped portion. The first arm terminates in a mesial arm, a distal arm, and a middle arm. The clip is moveable between an open position in which the arch wire slot is accessible and a closed position in which the arch wire slot is occluded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer
  • Publication number: 20180360570
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body and a spring clip. The bracket body includes a mesial channel, a distal channel, a center channel, and an arch wire slot. The spring clip includes a distal arm, mesial arm, and a center arm which are moveably within the mesial channel, distal channel, and center channel between an open position and a closed position to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer, Andrew R. Pietzner
  • Patent number: 10111731
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket include a bracket body with an arch wire slot. A mesial recess is located at a mesial side of the bracket body and extends into the bracket body from the arch wire slot. A distal recess is located at a distal side of the bracket body and extends into the bracket body from the arch wire slot. A central ridge defines a ridge surface separated from the lateral ledges respectively by mesial and distal walls. A clip includes a first arm and a second arm connected by a U-shaped portion. The first arm terminates in a mesial arm, a distal arm, and a middle arm. The clip is moveable between an open position in which the arch wire slot is accessible and a closed position in which the arch wire slot is occluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN ORTHODONTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer
  • Patent number: 10111732
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body with a mesial and a distal channel. A spring clip includes a distal arm with a distal arm body and a distal finger and a mesial arm with a mesial arm body and a mesial finger. The spring clip is slidably secured within the bracket body by a sliding engagement of the distal arm with the distal channel and the mesial arm with the mesial channel. The spring clip is movable between an open position and a closed position wherein in the open position, the arch wire slot is unobstructed and in the closed position the mesial finger and distal finger extend into and across the arch wire slot to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer, Andrew R. Pietzner
  • Patent number: 10080628
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body and a spring clip. The bracket body includes a mesial channel, a distal channel, a center channel, and an arch wire slot. The spring clip includes a distal arm, mesial arm, and a center arm which are moveably within the mesial channel, distal channel, and center channel between an open position and a closed position to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer, Andrew R. Pietzner
  • Publication number: 20180161126
    Abstract: An orthodontic guide tray includes a tray surface at least partially congruent with a tooth surface. The orthodontic guide tray includes at least one opening in the gingival direction. The at least one opening is configured to be larger than a pad of a bracket to be placed on a tooth. At least one registration feature extends from a first side interior the opening. The at least one registration features is configured to define a prescribed bracket placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: AMERICAN ORTHODONTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Craig Marshall, Eric W. Nimmer
  • Publication number: 20170325911
    Abstract: A bonding guide for placement of an orthodontic apparatus comprises a tray with a tray surface that is configured to be positioned relative to an occlusal surface of at least one tooth in a dentition of a patient. The bonding guide includes a pin with at least one finger at a free end of the pin. The at least one finger is configured to engage an orthodontic apparatus. A hinge is connected to the pin and moves to position the pin relative to the tray. The pin is movable about the hinge between an open position and a closed position when the pin is in the closed position. The pin defines a predetermined treatment location of an orthodontic apparatus relative to a tooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Craig Marshall
  • Patent number: 9707056
    Abstract: An indirect bonding tray includes a least on tooth position each tooth portion includes an occlusal surface that conforms to an occlusal surface of an associated tooth of a patient's dentition. At least one of bracket arm includes a bracket arm tip configured to engage an orthodontic bracket. The at least one bracket arm movably attached to at least one tooth portion to move between a first position and second position relative to a bonding surface of the associated tooth. In the second position, the bracket arm is in a position configured to hold an orthodontic bracket in a predetermined treatment position relative to the bonding surface of the associated tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: William Charles Machata, Michael Craig Marshall
  • Patent number: 9636192
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes a telescopic assembly with an end tube and a telescopic member. A distal connector secured to the end tube at a generally distal end of the telescopic assembly. An end cap engages the distal end of the end tube. A spring is secured to the end cap and extends coaxially within the cover and the end tube. The spring is configured to impart a biasing force against the distal end of the telescopic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Eric Faust, Eric William Nimmer, Lee John Vogel, Andrew M. Hayes
  • Publication number: 20160374781
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body with a mesial and a distal channel. A spring clip includes a distal arm with a distal arm body and a distal finger and a mesial arm with a mesial arm body and a mesial finger. The spring clip is slidably secured within the bracket body by a sliding engagement of the distal arm with the distal channel and the mesial arm with the mesial channel. The spring clip is movable between an open position and a closed position wherein in the open position, the arch wire slot is unobstructed and in the closed position the mesial finger and distal finger extend into and across the arch wire slot to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer, Andrew R. Pietzner
  • Publication number: 20160354181
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body and a spring clip. The bracket body includes a mesial channel, a distal channel, a center channel, and an arch wire slot. The spring clip includes a distal arm, mesial arm, and a center arm which are moveably within the mesial channel, distal channel, and center channel between an open position and a closed position to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer, Andrew R. Pietzner
  • Patent number: 9468505
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket includes a bracket body with a mesial and a distal channel. A spring clip includes a distal arm with a distal arm body and a distal finger and a mesial arm with a mesial arm body and a mesial finger. The spring clip is slidably secured within the bracket body by a sliding engagement of the distal arm with the distal channel and the mesial arm with the mesial channel. The spring clip is movable between an open position and a closed position wherein in the open position, the arch wire slot is unobstructed and in the closed position the mesial finger and distal finger extend into and across the arch wire slot to occlude the arch wire slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay Stanley Sommer, Eric William Nimmer, Andrew Rudolf Pietzner
  • Publication number: 20160135929
    Abstract: A self-ligating bracket include a bracket body with an arch wire slot. A mesial recess is located at a mesial side of the bracket body and extends into the bracket body from the arch wire slot. A distal recess is located at a distal side of the bracket body and extends into the bracket body from the arch wire slot. A central ridge defines a ridge surface separated from the lateral ledges respectively by mesial and distal walls. A clip includes a first arm and a second arm connected by a U-shaped portion. The first arm terminates in a mesial arm, a distal arm, and a middle arm. The clip is moveable between an open position in which the arch wire slot is accessible and a closed position in which the arch wire slot is occluded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Applicant: AMERICAN ORTHODONTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer
  • Patent number: D754352
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Faust, Bradley J. Brasser
  • Patent number: D779673
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Julie Lindman, Gordon Lawrence
  • Patent number: D797294
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer
  • Patent number: D820457
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer
  • Patent number: D841804
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Jay S. Sommer, Eric W. Nimmer