Having Arch Wire Enclosing Guide (e.g., Buccal Tube) Patents (Class 433/17)
  • Patent number: 11452581
    Abstract: This disclosure generally describes an extended buccal tube which is used in connection with braces for the teeth. The extended buccal tube accommodates an arch wire of a sufficient length to allow space to be created between one or more teeth while retaining the arch wire within a tube of the extended buccal tube. As space is created and the arch wire slides through the extended buccal tube, an overall length of the arch wire may be monitored through one or more windows in the extended buccal tube. Tooth pads on extended buccal tube may be rotatable by up to 20° in two axes for fitment purposes. When space has been created between the one or more teeth, extended buccal tube may be cut along scoring lines to separate teeth that were bonded together by the extended buccal tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Thomas F. Gessel, PLLC
    Inventor: Thomas Gessel
  • Patent number: 11253345
    Abstract: Methods for taking a scan of a patient's oral cavity for use in fabricating a dental prosthesis. Such methods may include providing a healing cap configured to be received within a subgingival void of a given tooth position, taking a first scan of the healing cap, wherein the first scan is taken outside of a patient's oral cavity, seating the healing cap, taking a second scan, which is an intraoral scan of the healing cap and surrounding surfaces once the healing cap is seated, taken inside the patient's oral cavity; and integrating the first scan of the healing cap with the intraoral second scan of the healing cap and the surrounding surfaces into an overall oral cavity scan. A third scan, (e.g., 3D cone beam scan), can also be taken, which is overlaid or otherwise integrated with the first and second scans, for use in fabrication of a dental prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ESTHETIC IMPLANT SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd C. Liston, Mark H. Blaisdell
  • Patent number: 11123158
    Abstract: An oral appliance that attaches to molars or bicuspids and that has the capability for side-to-side expansion and contraction in one unit as a self-stopping mechanism. Further, one embodiment can be activated to compress or expand and be deactivated in two planes of side-to-side or front-to-back, along three different arms/bridges respectively. This is to say that one arm can compress front-to-back while the other arm expands, the jaw/teeth front-to-back, simultaneously. With proper arrangements and anchorage preparation the device shown and described can move front teeth forward or backward or back teeth forward or backward independently on either side of the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Yousefian
  • Patent number: 10406019
    Abstract: A sleep apnea device includes a bite block, a plurality of receivers coupled to a lingual surface of the bite block, a plurality of transition pieces corresponding to the plurality of receivers. Each transition piece may include a vertical portion coupled to a corresponding receiver of the plurality of receivers, a horizontal portion configured to extend from the vertical portion, and a dam securing member fixed to one of the vertical portion, the horizontal portion, or both the vertical portion and the horizontal portion. The device may also include a plurality of base connectors corresponding to the plurality of transition pieces, a base coupled to the plurality of base connectors, and a resilient dam configured to be releasably secured by each dam securing member of the plurality of transition pieces. A kit including the sleep apnea device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Albert H. Kaner
  • Patent number: 10368965
    Abstract: Devices and methods for dental abutments. Particular embodiments include a dental abutment comprising a base portion, and a generally cylindrical neck portion extending from the base portion, where the generally cylindrical neck portion comprises a first end proximal to the base portion, a second end distal from the base portion, an outer surface, and an inner surface forming a central lumen. Certain embodiments include a plurality of vent holes extending from the outer surface of the generally cylindrical neck portion to the central lumen, where the plurality of vent holes are located proximal to the base portion of the abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Danieli C. Rodrigues, Lucas C. Rodriguez, Juliana Saba, Chandur Wadhwani
  • Patent number: 10201402
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance, includes a crimpable tubular shaped portion having at least three walls selected from the group consisting of a lingual wall, a buccal or labial wall, an occlusal wall and a gingival wall, the at least three walls defining and opening configured to receive an archwire therethrough in a mesial-distal direction. The appliance includes at least one wing joined to the tubular shaped portion, the at least one wing extending longitudinally in the mesial-distal direction. A slot is provided in the at least one wing open to an end of the wing in the mesial or distal direction and having a depth in the mesial distal direction and a height in a gingival-occlusal direction configured to receive a ligature wire or elastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ACME MONACO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lucas B. Karabin, Richard W. Selander, Dennis C. Lavoie, Sr., Diane M. Hunter, Richard H. Ritucci
  • Patent number: 10149739
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket for receiving an arch wire of orthodontic patients having both primary teeth and permanent teeth, the orthodontic bracket including a pad sized to fit on one of the primary teeth, the pad extending a first distance generally in a longitudinal direction and a second distance generally in a lateral direction, the first distance being greater than the second distance. An eyelet can extend from the pad, the eyelet including an aperture defined through the eyelet, the aperture having a central axis oriented transverse to the lateral direction. The aperture can slidingly receive the arch wire. A method including bonding the pad of the orthodontic bracket to one of the primary teeth of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Rael Bernstein
  • Patent number: 9901422
    Abstract: Disclosed are a dental wire supporter, which supports an orthodontic wire and limits the movement of the orthodontic wire in a predetermined direction, and an orthodontic device (orthodontic system) having the same. The dental wire supporter includes a limiter having a wire hole into which an orthodontic wire is inserted, and a support base provided at the limiter in order to fix the limiter to a tooth. One side of the wire hole is blocked and an opposite side of the wire hole is open so that the limiter supports the end of the orthodontic wire in a longitudinal direction of the orthodontic wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Soon Yong Kwon, Ji Min Kwon, Yong Min Kwon
  • Patent number: 9615898
    Abstract: The invention provides a tube to be used in orthodontics wherein said tube replaces the use of brackets in an orthodontic treatment. The orthodontic tube of the present invention is surrounded by a resin and this resin also serves as a bond agent to affix the tube to a patient's tooth. The orthodontic tube serves as a conduit for an archwire in order to impose upon each tooth only the force required to reset the position of the tooth to a desired configuration relative to the other teeth in the patient's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Joaquin T. Ariza
  • Patent number: 9572971
    Abstract: The present invention provides an osmotic orthodontic appliance, comprising: an actuation structure forming a hollow tube filled with a supersaturated solution; a dental aligner structure mounted on the actuation structure for fixing the actuation structure on teeth; and a pumping structure connected one end of the hollow tube, comprising a semipermeable device and a supporting structure. The osmotic orthodontic appliance of the present invention could provide steady movement and force output; it is a solution for the periodic actuation problem of conventional orthodontic appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventor: Yu-Chuan Su
  • Patent number: 9554874
    Abstract: A dental device (such as a temporary dental crown or dental space maintainer), which may be fabricated in an intra-office process while the patient is located onsite, for use in securing to one or more teeth during a dental restoration procedure or another dental procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hegland LLC
    Inventor: Lindsay Hegland
  • Patent number: 9492247
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket includes a bracket body and a ligating member. The ligating member retains an archwire in an archwire slot and includes archwire control structure including projecting portions spaced apart in a mesial-distal direction with a recessed area therebetween. The recessed area and the projecting portions overlie the archwire slot. The recessed area may include a flat or a curved surface in a mesial-distal direction. The recessed area and projecting portions may define a radius of curvature that is less than the radius of curvature of the archwire seated in the slot. The archwire contacts one or both the projecting portions resulting in a larger moment arm and better rotational control of the bracket with the force applied by the archwire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Ruiz-Vela, Farrokh Farzin-Nia, Ronald J. Sirney, Todd I. Oda
  • Publication number: 20150125803
    Abstract: The invention provides a tube to be used in orthodontics wherein said tube replaces the use of brackets in an orthodontic treatment. The orthodontic tube of the present invention is surrounded by a resin and this resin also serves as a bond agent to affix the tube to a patient's tooth. The orthodontic tube serves as a conduit for an archwire in order to impose upon each tooth only the force required to reset the position of the tooth to a desired configuration relative to the other teeth in the patient's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Joqquin T. Ariza
  • Patent number: 9010334
    Abstract: The cheek pouch anchor, formed of a resilient filament, fits within a user's cheek pouch. The anchor dynamically spans a user's inter-occlusal space and lip opening as a user's jaws open and close. The anchor can be formed of inter-connected, conversely-adjustable loops to enable user adjustment of its span. It can stabilize a work piece, such as an airway, in a user's mouth. The cheek path airway fits a path between a user's lips and through the user's cheek pouch and rear-jaw gap, avoiding the user's bite. It provides supplemental air to a user's rear-mouth cavity independently of a user's nasal airways while a user's lips remain closed. It can be used in combination with mandibular jaw-control and tongue-control devices whereby the combination mitigates breathing restrictions in a user's nasal and throat airways. It can be manufactured in-line and folded by a user to fit the user's cheek pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Lowell R Wedemeyer
  • Publication number: 20140356801
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes features for reducing friction between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire to be placed within the archwire slot. Other embodiments include a rounded exterior occlusal surface. Embodiments further include one or more receptacles for receiving an installation tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Leon W. Laub
  • Publication number: 20140356800
    Abstract: A system of tube and resin for orthodontics includes a tube that serves as a conduit for a wire; and a resin, wherein the resin surrounds the tube, wherein the resin can attach to a tooth, and wherein both ends of the tube have perimeters larger than a perimeter at a middle section of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Joaquin T. Ariza
  • Publication number: 20140302450
    Abstract: Base for an orthodontic appliance, comprising a base surface adapted to be attached to a tooth and a plurality of protrusions protruding from said base surface and extending along a first direction substantially from a first edge of the base surface to a second edge of the base surface, a second direction being defined as perpendicular to said base surface, wherein the distance between two of said protrusions in a plane substantially perpendicular to said first direction along at least a portion of said protrusions is smaller than the distance between said two protrusions at the base surface, and wherein the distance between two of said protrusions in planes substantially perpendicular to said second direction at said first edge and said second edge is larger than a distance between said two protrusions in a plane between said first and said second edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Luis Carriere Lluch, Jose Carriere Pons
  • Publication number: 20140242534
    Abstract: Mandibular attachment structure for use in an orthodontic assembly having a force member connecting the mandibular and maxillar portions of the assembly and method of using the same. The structure includes bands dimensioned to encircle corresponding lower molars on opposite sides of the tongue, and threadless couplers each of which is removably or releasably affixed to a buccal side of a corresponding band. Neither the structure nor the method requires the use of an orthodontic brace to maintain a pressing connection between the structure and the rest of an orthodontic assembly, but the use of orthodontic braces is accommodated. The pressing connection is maintained by cooperating a hook at the end of the force member and a hook at the end of a threadless coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: T. Richard Ziehmer
  • Patent number: 8807997
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes features for reducing friction between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire to be placed within the archwire slot. Other embodiments include a rounded exterior occlusal surface. Embodiments further include one or more receptacles for receiving an installation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: RMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Leon W. Laub
  • Publication number: 20140205963
    Abstract: A module for attaching an orthodontic bite corrector to an orthodontic buccal tube appliance includes two segments, and each segment includes a rotation stop for limiting undesired rotational movement of bite corrector during movement of the patient's jaws. The segments are movable relative to each other during installation of the attachment module for facilitating placement of the rotation stops in regions next to the buccal tube appliance that might otherwise be difficult to access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: James D. Cleary
  • Patent number: 8714974
    Abstract: A module for attaching an orthodontic bite corrector to an orthodontic buccal tube appliance includes two segments, and each segment includes a rotation stop for limiting undesired rotational movement of bite corrector during movement of the patient's jaws. The segments are movable relative to each other during installation of the attachment module for facilitating placement of the rotation stops in regions next to the buccal tube appliance that might otherwise be difficult to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: James D. Cleary
  • Publication number: 20140113242
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an individualized orthodontic appliance with axis correction functions, comprising No. 1-7 individualized lingual brackets connected in series by an archwire. Each individualized lingual bracket includes a base plate and a bracket body connected with the base plate. In the No. 1-7 individualized lingual brackets, the underside of the bracket body of at least two of the individualized lingual brackets is disposed with a crimpable hook with a through hole and the through holes are connected in series by an ortho-axial wire. In this invention, the underside of the bracket body is disposed with the crimpable hook with the through hole and the ortho-axial wire is used to pass through the through holes. In this way, the underside of the bracket body can produce the corresponding orthodontic force while the crown of tooth is moving during the orthodontic treatment. The positions of the teeth roots can also be gradually corrected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: GUANGZHOU RITON BIOMATERIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Weihong Huang, Jiuxiang Lin, Shengji Zhu, Fengyan Lin, Zu'an Li
  • Publication number: 20140038121
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes features for reducing friction between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire to be placed within the archwire slot. Other embodiments include a rounded exterior occlusal surface. Embodiments further include one or more receptacles for receiving an installation tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: RMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Leon W. Laub
  • Patent number: 8585399
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes features for reducing friction between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire to be placed within the archwire slot. Other embodiments include a rounded exterior occlusal surface. Embodiments further include one or more receptacles for receiving an installation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: RMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Leon Laub
  • Patent number: 8550814
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket assembly adapted for securement to teeth of the upper and lower jaw is provided. The assembly is a multi-component system that includes a base component and a bracket component. The base component is adapted for securement to a tooth using an adhesive material and includes a housing having an integral channel guide. The bracket component includes a flange arranged for insertion within the channel guide and is held therein by a spring clip. The bracket component includes an archwire retention head for receiving and retaining an orthodontic archwire therein. In one embodiment, the archwire retention head includes a tube having an archwire tunnel extending mesial-distally therethrough. The cross-sectional shape of the archwire tunnel can vary depending upon the archwire being employed and may provide a frictional or frictionless fit. The tube may be positioned at a predetermined location for correcting a maloccluded tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Monte Collins
  • Patent number: 8545220
    Abstract: Provided is an orthodontic treatment including a main tube, and a pair of caps provided at both ends of the main tube to form an adhesion space therebetween in which an adhesive is accommodated and the adhesive is prevented from flowing into the main tube through an insertion hole of the main tube. Since the adhesive is applied to the adhesion space formed by fitting the pair of caps onto the outer circumference of the main tube, the caps can prevent the applied adhesive flowing into the main tube and the wire can be easily inserted into the main tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hubit Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeon Shik Hwang, Woo Seok Shin
  • Patent number: 8529253
    Abstract: A bite-correcting orthodontic appliance attaches directly to the elements of braces (i.e., brackets and archwires); flexes in its distal 25-45% to stay away from the food bolus; has a reduced elliptical profile for patient comfort; and introduces gentle force vectors to the patient's upper and lower teeth that sweep in an arch to lift up on the front of the molar and down on the lower front teeth as the appliance tries to return to its preinstalled (passive) state, resulting in rapid, yet gentle changes unseen in the orthodontic industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: James J. Jasper
  • Patent number: 8464709
    Abstract: The cheek pocket anchor, formed of a resilient filament, fits within a user's cheek pouch. The anchor dynamically spans a user's inter-occlusal space and lip opening as a user's jaws open and close. The anchor can be formed of inter-connected, adjustable loops to enable user adjustment of its whole span. It can stabilize a work piece, such as an airway, in a user's mouth. The cheek path airway fits a path between a user's lips and through the user's cheek pouch and rear-jaw gap, avoiding the user's bite. It provides supplemental air to a user's rear-mouth cavity independently of a user's nasal airways while a user's lips remain closed. It can be used in combination with mandibular jaw-control and tongue-control devices whereby the combination mitigates breathing restrictions in a user's nasal and throat airways. It can be manufactured in-line and folded by a user to fit the user's cheek pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Lowell R. Wedemeyer
  • Patent number: 8444414
    Abstract: Provided is an orthodontic buccal tube, which is capable of preventing glue from flowing out towards a boundary between a tooth (300) and a base (100), being firmly attached to a face of the tooth (300), and being easily removed from the face of the tooth (300) after being used. The orthodontic buccal tube is attached to the face of the tooth (300) by the glue (400), and includes a base (100) having a bonding face (110) on one side of the buccal tube, a body (200) having a slot (210) into which an archwire is inserted in the middle of the body (200) on a side opposite the base, and a glue anti-outflow step (120) formed along an outer circumference of the bonding face (110) at a predetermined height in a closed loop. The glue anti-outflow step (120) prevents the glue (400) applied to the bonding face (110) from flowing out towards a boundary between the base (100) and the tooth (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Seung Soo Moon, Sung Hye Moon
  • Publication number: 20120322020
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes features for reducing friction between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire to be placed within the archwire slot. Other embodiments include a rounded exterior occlusal surface. Embodiments further include one or more receptacles for receiving an installation tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: RMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Leon W. Laub
  • Patent number: 8251697
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes features for reducing friction between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire to be placed within the archwire slot. Other embodiments include a rounded exterior occlusal surface. Embodiments further include one or more receptacles for receiving an installation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: RMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Smith, Leon W. Laub
  • Publication number: 20120129121
    Abstract: Provided is an orthodontic treatment including a main tube, and a pair of caps provided at both ends of the main tube to form an adhesion space therebetween in which an adhesive is accommodated and the adhesive is prevented from flowing into the main tube through an insertion hole of the main tube. Since the adhesive is applied to the adhesion space formed by fitting the pair of caps onto the outer circumference of the main tube, the caps can prevent the applied adhesive flowing into the main tube and the wire can be easily inserted into the main tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: HUBIT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyeon Shik HWANG, Woo Seok SHIN
  • Publication number: 20120129122
    Abstract: Orthodontic device comprising an orthodontic arch or a wire and a set of brackets which have conduits through which said orthodontic arch passes characterized in that either of the following: a surface of the conduit of at least one bracket that is aimed to come into contact with the wire, or a region of the wire in contact with at least one bracket, has a textured surface with protruding regions and sunken regions for reducing the contact surface between the bracket and the orthodontic arch, the surface of the wire or of the bracket aimed to come into contact with the textured surface being of smooth nature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: ORTHODONTIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, S.L.
    Inventors: Luis Carriere Lluch, José Carriere Pons
  • Patent number: 8152520
    Abstract: A bracket for attaching an arch wire to a tooth includes a dental plate with a back and a front, wherein the back is intended to be attached to a tooth by an adhesive connection, and also an arch wire holder for fastening the arch wire to the bracket, wherein the arch wire holder is fitted at the front of the dental plate. The bracket farther includes an arm, a first end of which is attached, or can be attached, to the dental plate and a second end carries the arch wire holder. The arm extends along the front of the dental plate. The arm is made of bendable wire material, such that the position of the arch wire holder in respect of the dental plate can be adjusted by bending the arm. The invention further relates to the use of a bracket according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Johan Anton Kooiman
  • Publication number: 20120009538
    Abstract: Provided is an orthodontic bracket that is capable of a more effective three-dimensional motion and particularly an effective motion on the tooth surface. Specifically provided is an orthodontic bracket which comprises a substrate surface that is bonded to the tooth surface and an arch wire retaining portion that is configured to retain an arch wire with the substrate surface as a bottom surface, the orthodontic bracket being connected by the arch wire and continuously applying a stress to individual teeth to thereby straighten a row of teeth, wherein the orthodontic bracket is in an approximately hog-backed cross-sectional shape that is orthogonal to the direction in which the arch wire is stretched with the substrate surface bonded to the tooth surface as the bottom surface, and is provided with a plurality of arch wire through holes respectively for inserting the arch wires into the holes and connecting adjacent orthodontic brackets by the arch wires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: GC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koutaro Maki
  • Publication number: 20110212408
    Abstract: A buccal tube with a square or rectangular auxiliary slot/tube is provided. The square or rectangular auxiliary slot/tube allows for the attachment of auxiliaries of similar shapes, and thus prevents rotation of square or rectangular auxiliary within the buccal tube. An orthodontic auxiliary such as a headgear facebow, which is round, can still be inserted into the square or rectangular buccal tube so long as the size of the headgear facebow is smaller than the smallest inside dimension of the buccal tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: John T. Kalange
  • Publication number: 20110151392
    Abstract: The present invention provides an orthodontics system that comprises the tube, resin, stops, and wire, wherein the system allows for standardization of the resin and tube, according e.g., to each tooth, either by means of a prefabricated set of resin and tube or by making the resin with the tube during the orthodontics treatment session. The present invention also allows for the use of several kinds of wire. In addition, the use of the tube of the present invention results in less friction. Furthermore, the use of one stop, or a plain stop and a hooked stop concomitantly, allows for application of localized torsion force to specific teeth. Moreover, the side effects decreased significantly when the tubes and the system of the present invention are used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Joaquin T. Ariza
  • Publication number: 20110053108
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tube and an orthodontics system that comprises the tube, resin and wire, wherein the system allows for standardization of the resin and tube, according e.g., to each tooth, either by means of a prefabricated set of resin and tube or by making the resin with the tube during the orthodontics treatment session. The present invention also allows for the use of several kinds of wire. In addition, the use of the tube of the present invention results in less friction. Moreover, the side effects decreased significantly when the tubes and the system of the present invention are used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Joaquin T. Ariza
  • Publication number: 20110039225
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket having a base attachable to a tooth surface, with the base extending outward away from the tooth surface and forming an archwire slot sized to receive an archwire therewithin, and a removable archwire slot cover coined onto the base so as to cover the archwire slot and enable the bracket to function as a buccal tube when the cover is attached. The cover may be removed from the bracket base without removal of the bracket from the tooth surface so as to provide an open archwire slot for continued orthodontic treatment subsequent to removal of the removable archwire slot cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: World Class Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rolf Hagelganz, Juergen Bathen, Klaus Hagelganz
  • Patent number: 7871267
    Abstract: An orthodontic device includes a bracket having a body and the body includes external surfaces. An archwire passageway is formed in the body. An aperture extends from one of the external surfaces of the body to the passageway. A pawl is attached to the body and includes stop and cam surfaces which extend into the aperture. An extendable archwire includes an adjustment portion having a locking surface and a loop-spring therein and the adjustment portion is inserted into and through the passageway. The pawl and the locking surface form a ratchet. The cam surface of the pawl interengages the extendable archwire as the extendable archwire is extended through the bracket under the application of force to the extendable archwire. The stop surface of the pawl interengages the locking surface of the adjustment portion of the extendable archwire preventing retraction of the extendable archwire upon discontinuation of the application of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: Richard J. Griffith, William Koenig
  • Publication number: 20100330522
    Abstract: The invention relates to orthodontic or dental appliances with a substrate, at least certain regions of which are provided with a coating containing titanium dioxide and/or titanium nitride, as well as a coating formulation and a method of applying the coating formulation to the orthodontic or dental appliances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: PBD, Patent & Business Development AG
    Inventor: Markus Johannes Hirsch
  • Patent number: 7837466
    Abstract: An orthodontic device includes a bracket having a body and the body includes external surfaces. An archwire passageway is formed in the body. An aperture extends from one of the external surfaces of the body to the passageway. A pawl is attached to the body and includes stop and cam surfaces which extend into the aperture. An extendable archwire includes an adjustment portion having a locking surface and a loop-spring therein and the adjustment portion is inserted into and through the passageway. The pawl and the locking surface form a ratchet. The cam surface of the pawl interengages the extendable archwire as the extendable archwire is extended through the bracket under the application of force to the extendable archwire. The stop surface of the pawl interengages the locking surface of the adjustment portion of the extendable archwire preventing retraction of the extendable archwire upon discontinuation of the application of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventors: Richard J. Griffith, William Koenig
  • Patent number: 7713057
    Abstract: An oral mucous membrane protector for orthodontic appliances formed of a protective element or member arranged on the distal end of the archwire that projects from the molar tube, covering or enveloping the archwire and fixing it to the molar tube by means of an elastic ring joined to the protective element. The protective element may be reinforced on the bottom thereof so as to prevent tearing or perforation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Maria Pilar de Salazar Vinas
  • Publication number: 20090239189
    Abstract: An orthodontic device includes a bracket having a body and the body includes external surfaces. An archwire passageway is formed in the body. An aperture extends from one of the external surfaces of the body to the passageway. A pawl is attached to the body and includes stop and cam surfaces which extend into the aperture. An extendable archwire includes an adjustment portion having a locking surface and a loop-spring therein and the adjustment portion is inserted into and through the passageway. The pawl and the locking surface form a ratchet. The cam surface of the pawl interengages the extendable archwire as the extendable archwire is extended through the bracket under the application of force to the extendable archwire. The stop surface of the pawl interengages the locking surface of the adjustment portion of the extendable archwire preventing retraction of the extendable archwire upon discontinuation of the application of force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Richard J. GRIFFITH, William Koenig
  • Publication number: 20090035715
    Abstract: A module for attaching an orthodontic bite corrector to an orthodontic buccal tube appliance includes two segments, and each segment includes a rotation stop for limiting undesired rotational movement of bite corrector during movement of the patient's jaws. The segments are movable relative to each other during installation of the attachment module for facilitating placement of the rotation stops in regions next to the buccal tube appliance that might otherwise be difficult to access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: James D. Cleary
  • Patent number: 7033171
    Abstract: A molar tube having a first face portion that is adapted to be adhered to a molar tooth, a second face portion, and a mesial-distal length dimension. There is a body portion disposed on the second face portion of the base portion, and the body portion comprises an upper portion and a lower portion. The body portion further comprises a lumen that is adapted to receive an archwire, wherein the lumen has an axis which substantially coincides with the mesial-distal length dimension of the base portion. The body portion further comprises a boss comprising a threaded bore that is adapted to receive a setscrew, wherein the threaded bore has an axis. The axis of the threaded bore intersects with the mesial-distal length dimension to form an angle of any degree between 15 degrees and 55 degrees, including every degree therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Michael K. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 6984261
    Abstract: The invention relates to uses of glasses and glass-ceramics in dental and orthodontic applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Cummings, Jacqueline C. Rolf, Anatoly Z. Rosenflanz, Richard P. Rusin, Jerome E. Swanson
  • Patent number: 6913460
    Abstract: An orthodontic coupling includes a first portion and a second portion that are resiliently interconnected for movement toward and away from each other. The second portion is adapted for insertion into a passage of an orthodontic appliance, and the resilient connection between the first portion and the second portion releasably secures the coupling in place. The coupling is particularly useful for connecting force modules such as Class II correctors to buccal tube appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James D. Cleary, John J. Palmer
  • Patent number: 6910884
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance such as a bracket or buccal tube has an overall, low profile shape. The appliance includes a base having a thickness that is less in regions adjacent the archwire slot as compared to remaining regions. In certain embodiments, the base is provided with protrusions that extend into the archwire slot for controlling rotation of the associated tooth. The resulting low profile of the appliance enhances its aesthetic appearance and helps to avoid impingement of the appliance and the attached archwire on adjacent soft tissue in the oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John S. Kelly, Oliver L. Puttler, John A. Verdouw
  • Patent number: 6908305
    Abstract: The invention provides an orthodontic facebow of the type having an inner bow consisting of two inner arms, each including an end portion, and an interconnected outer bow consisting of outer arms, characterized in that the free end portions of each inner arm is split and fitted with a ratchet type enlargement so as to allow it to be easily inserted into a tube connected to a band affixed to a tooth, while preventing disengagement therefrom without the enlargements being squeezed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventors: Vladimir Dinkelis, Yull Lozinski, Boaz Tsur