Orthodontics Patents (Class 433/2)
  • Patent number: 10449016
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides method, systems, and devices for adjusting an arch of teeth. An appliance includes a removable shell formed of a first material having a number of cavities formed therein, wherein the number of cavities are shaped to receive teeth of a patient, and an arch element extending from the removable shell in a lingual direction and across at least a portion of the arch width of the removable shell, wherein the arch element is designed to expand an arch of the teeth of the patient, wherein the arch element has a width specific to a stage of a treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kimura, John Morton, Richard Shaw, Chunhua Li
  • Patent number: 10379716
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes, among other things, systems, methods and program products for presenting object properties by receiving selection of a component of a model presented in a graphical user interface (GUI) of a computer aided design tool, the GUI including an interactive display element having an arrangement of property fields related to the selected component, determining property values associated with the property fields based on the selected component, and providing the determined property values in corresponding property fields of the interactive display element for presentation in the GUI in conjunction with the model, such that responsive to receiving selection of a different component of the model, the property fields are updated with property values corresponding to the different component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Nicol, Jeff Maisano, Josh Dagg
  • Patent number: 10319498
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible flat cable. The flexible flat cable including: a first flexible flat cable and a second flexible flat cable, wherein: an end of the first flexible flat cable is connected with a first terminal; an another end of the first flexible flat cable is provided with a plurality of first pads; an end of the second flexible flat cable is connected with a second terminal; an another end of the second flexible flat cable is provided with a plurality of second pads connected with the plurality of first pads in one-to-one correspondence. The flexible flat cable according to the exemplary embodiments of the present invention can improve versatility, reusability and repairability of the flexible flat cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Xiaoyu Huang
  • Patent number: 10248885
    Abstract: A method for compact and descriptive representation of teeth shape (or other anatomic shapes) in terms of characteristic curves and its application to generation of automatic designs within dental CAD software or other software is provided. In an embodiment, a method includes capturing tooth shape by a network of characteristic curves (i.e. margin lines). In an embodiment, a method includes compactly encoding curves as strings, which then can be indexed and searched efficiently by similarity. In an embodiment, a method includes retrieving high quality crown design proposals from a case repository based on similarity of margin lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: James R. Glidewell Dental Ceramics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Vladimirovich Nikolskiy, Sergei Azernikov
  • Patent number: 10210667
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a display device that may produce and display a predetermined internal surface (e.g., a predetermined plane view) of an object according to a user input designating a depth thereof. Such display device may include a data storage, a user input interface, a processor, and an image display. The data storage may be configured to store image data. The user input interface may be configured to receive a request from a user. The processor may be configured to generate image data for a 3D image with internal surface images at one or more depths in response to the user request. The image display may be configured to display the 3D image with internal surfaces at each depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ewoosoft Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Youngkyu Jin
  • Patent number: 10157330
    Abstract: A method for compact and descriptive representation of teeth shape, or other shapes, in terms of characteristic curves and its application to generation of automatic designs within dental CAD software or other software is provided. In an embodiment, a method includes capturing tooth shape by a network of characteristic curves, such as margin lines. In an embodiment, a method includes compactly encoding curves as strings, which then can be indexed and searched efficiently by similarity. In an embodiment, a method includes retrieving high quality crown design proposals from a case repository based on similarity of margin line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: James R. Glidewell Dental Ceramics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergei Azernikov, Sergey Vladimirovich Nikolskiy
  • Patent number: 9943386
    Abstract: A breakable or deflectable mold includes a first section, a second section, and a weakened region that joins the first section to the second section. The weakened region is breakable or deflectable to enable the first section to be removed independently of the second section after a shell is formed over the breakable mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Webber, Rohit Tanugula, Shiva P. Sambu, Crystal Tjhia
  • Patent number: 9943991
    Abstract: A mold comprises a main body and a separable feature. One or more weakened regions join the separable feature to the main body. The one or more weakened regions are breakable to enable the main body to be removed from a shell independently of the separable feature after the shell is formed over the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Tanugula, Dennis Te, Peter Webber, Shiva P. Sambu, Crystal Tjhia
  • Patent number: 9517087
    Abstract: An intermaxillary fixation system is provided, including a bone anchorage screw having at least one of an elongated head with internal threading and an externally threaded screw extending from a head of the bone anchorage screw, a fixation system, and a rail bar. A method for the stabilization and fixation of maxillary and mandibular arches is also provided, including setting a plurality of bone anchorage screws to the maxillary and mandibular arch, each bone anchorage screw having a head, fixing one or more T-shaped bars to the bone anchorage screws, bending and connecting a rail bar to heads of the one or more T-shaped bars with orthodontic screws, and wrapping a connector between the heads of the bone anchorage screws located on the mandibular arch and the maxillary arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Javier Montejo
  • Patent number: 9390063
    Abstract: An electronic three-dimensional (3D) model of a dental arch is displayed. An ideal arch is superimposed on the dental arch. The shape of the ideal arch is adjusted in response to adjustment input from a user. Furthermore, a tooth width is calculated for teeth in the dental arch. A crowding score is calculated based on a comparison of a length of the ideal arch and a tooth width total, the tooth width total based at least in part on a total of the tooth widths for the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Bruce Hultgren, Robert Isaacson, Michael Craig Marshall
  • Patent number: 9113983
    Abstract: An appliance for orthodontic hardware in the form of a cap sized to fit over a bracket and arch wire braces system. The cap includes a hollowed, mound shaped body with a bottom edge defining an opening on one side of the body. The cap also includes multiple tabs extending from the edge and partially over the opening. The bottom edge also defines two channels aligned opposite each other and extending from the bottom edge. With this arrangement, the cap can be positioned over a bracket with the tabs engaging the bracket and retaining the cap thereto while the channels defined in the body prevent the cap from engaging the arch wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Justin D. Thornton
  • Publication number: 20150132708
    Abstract: Method and system including receiving one or more parameters associated with an orthodontic condition, receiving a treatment goal information associated with the orthodontic condition, and providing a predefined template associated with the received treatment goal information, wherein the predefined template includes at least one orthodontic condition related information, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Eric E. Kuo
  • Publication number: 20150125806
    Abstract: A system for repositioning teeth comprises a plurality of individual appliances used with braces. The appliances are configured to be placed successively on the patient's teeth and to incrementally reposition the teeth from an initial tooth arrangement, through a plurality of intermediate tooth arrangements, and to a final tooth arrangement. The appliances may be substituted with braces as appropriate to optimize the treatment of the teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ross Miller
  • Publication number: 20150125801
    Abstract: An orthodontic remodeling device, having an extra-oral driver, a bite plate or other intra-oral orthodontic appliance, and a dual headed connector for connecting the two.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: S Jay BOWMAN
  • Patent number: 9017069
    Abstract: An oral illumination apparatus configured for placement in a mouth. The oral illumination apparatus includes a housing configured to be coupled to a structure in the mouth. The housing including a processing circuit. The oral illumination apparatus further includes a sensor coupled to the housing and configured to detect a characteristic from within the mouth, wherein the sensor provides a feedback signal indicative of the characteristic to the processing circuit. The oral illumination apparatus includes a light source coupled to the housing and operatively coupled to the processing circuit. The oral illumination apparatus further includes a power source coupled to the housing. The processing circuit is configured to control the light source in response to the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9011144
    Abstract: A palatal t-bar for preventing movement of selected teeth during corrective movement of other teeth through the use of an orthodontic appliance such as orthodontic braces. The t-bar comprises an elongate stem having an anchorage end arranged for affixation to the palatal bone of a patient by means of a temporary bone anchorage device, e.g., a miniscrew implant, and a free end extending in an anterior direction from the anchorage end. The stem is shaped to conform to the palatal surface of the patient. A cross-bar extends laterally from the free end of the stem and is arranged to engage one or more selected maxillary anterior teeth to retain the teeth non-mobile and non-rotational during corrective movement of other teeth utilizing an orthodontic appliance such as orthodontic braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Roberto Carrillo Fuentevilla, Roberto Jose Carrillo Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20150079532
    Abstract: Described is an orthodontic aligner implement that can ensure the accuracy and efficiency of clear aligner orthodontic therapies as well as increase patient compliance by reducing discomfort and combining functionality into a breath-freshening medium. The implement includes a consumable mass having at least two channels disposed on opposite sides of the mass and traversing the width of the mass. The channels are adapted to seat between opposing anterior or incisor teeth. Also described is a method of positioning an orthodontic aligner into a prescribed position that includes placing the aligner approximately in the prescribed position in one's mouth, placing the aligner implement described above into the mouth, and applying the implement in contact with the aligner in one's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: David A. Pechersky
  • Publication number: 20150072299
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes a portion made of a shape memory alloy having a base alloy composition of at least two different metallic elements and a treated region having an alloy composition that is depleted in at least one of the metallic elements. The base alloy may include a nickel titanium alloy (NiTi), a copper chromium nickel titanium alloy (CuCrNiTi), or a copper aluminum nickel (CuAlNi) alloy. The treated region may be depleted in at least one of copper, aluminum, nickel, and titanium relative to the base alloy composition by exposing the base alloy to a source of energy. The base alloy composition has a first austenitic finish temperature and the treated region has an austenitic finish temperature that may be different than the first austenitic finish temperature. The treated region may form a part of an archwire, a stop, a hook, a crown, a band, or an orthodontic bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Sammel Shahrier Alauddin, Jason Anthony Mohr, Benjamin Mark Nazeck, Nathan Wong
  • Publication number: 20150064640
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vibrating orthodontic device (1) to be used as an adjuvant for the treatment of correcting malocclusions, the capture comprising vibrating devices (5 and 6) that promote teeth vibration, improving movement of teeth, reducing pain and the time of treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Celestino José Prudente NÓBREGA, Rogerio Amaral TUPINAMBÁ
  • Patent number: 8944811
    Abstract: A customized orthodontic device for the treatment of a patient and a method for producing the same. The customized orthodontic device includes a plurality of bracket assemblies which each include a bracket with at least one groove. The groove is configured to receive an arch wire. The bracket assemblies are digitally designed to include the bracket, a base, and an intermediate component. The base is configured to be placed on a face of a tooth. The intermediate component extends between the bracket and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: H 32
    Inventors: Patrick Curiel, Daniel Julie
  • Publication number: 20150024332
    Abstract: Disclosed is an orthodontics element which may be interdependent of a jaw bone. The orthodontics element includes firstly a plate (1) with a general parallelepipedal shape provided at one end with a first set of orifices and at the other end with a second set of orifices on the one hand, and secondly, between both of these sets, an anchoring block (4) provided with an element for attaching an orthodontics apparatus on the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Bachar TAHA
  • Publication number: 20140363778
    Abstract: A curable orthodontic FFM resin rope appliance connecting orthodontic anchoring and custom appliances affixed to teeth, TADs and/or tooth positioning appliances, which serve in moving and stabilization if teeth by connecting said appliances and/or orthodontic auxiliaries. The FFM resin rope appliance is moldable and adaptable to the oral cavity and positioned to be secured between any type of fasteners including mechanical fasteners, which accept the FFM resin rope in an uncured first mode where the FFM resin rope is cut to length, positioned around the anatomy of the mouth and attached to clamps or fasteners and/or flex fit wafers FFW(s) at each or one end. Once connected together the FFM resin rope is cured and becomes a solid entity ready to accept orthodontic forces to hold or move teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Parker
  • Publication number: 20140363777
    Abstract: Orthodontic adhesives are claimed which use polymeric filler particles with defined particle size characteristics. The particle size characteristics are controlled such that these adhesives provide comparable mechanical retention and cohesive strength of conventional orthodontic adhesives when used to bond orthodontic appliances to teeth. Because polymeric fillers are generally softer than inorganic fillers, these adhesives are easier to remove from the tooth than conventional adhesives after debonding an orthodontic appliance. Embodiments of the invention include both self-curing and two-part adhesives, packaged adhesive-coated orthodontic appliances, and methods for removing a cured adhesive from a tooth surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Rajdeep S. Kalgutkar, David T. Amos, Taun L. McKenzie
  • Publication number: 20140363780
    Abstract: Described herein are aqueous and substantially non-aqueous oral compositions comprising a cationic steroidal compound and methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Joe Vazquez, Dandan Chen, Harsh M. Trivedi, Ammanuel Mehreteab, Laurence Du-Thumm, Gregory Szewczyk, Zhigang Hao
  • Publication number: 20140356798
    Abstract: A milling block fitted with, or directly milled into said block at least one orthodontic auxiliary. These auxiliaries include but are not limited to orthodontic fasteners, buttons, cleats, tubes, brackets, springs, tad fastening clamps flex fit modules (FFM) or flex fit wafers (FFW) to be placed within the mouth and attached to teeth after custom milling of the block to conform to the anatomy of a tooth/teeth and/or TADS or other orthodontic appliances such as RPE screw and/or other orthodontic hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Parker
  • Publication number: 20140342300
    Abstract: Improved bite plates for use with orthodontic vibratory devices and devices offering other treatment modalities. The bite plates are specifically designed to be used with Class II and II correctors, such as the Herbst appliance. Such bite plates can be used with a variety of treatment modalities, including laser, IR, micropulse, vibration, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: OrthoAccel Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Dwight SCHNAITTER
  • Publication number: 20140335467
    Abstract: A vibrating dental device vibrates a specific tooth in a dentition attached with a bracket, a wire or a mouthpiece as an orthodontic appliance. The vibrating dental device includes a vibration source, a connector connected to the orthodontic appliance, and a vibration transmitter, which transmits vibration generated by the vibration source to the connector. The connector is detachably attached to the orthodontic appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruko Yamamoto, Takumi Sakimura, Yusuke Suzuki, Keisuke Taira, Shogo Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20140335464
    Abstract: An oral illumination apparatus configured for placement in a mouth. The oral illumination apparatus includes a housing configured to be coupled to a structure in the mouth. The housing including a processing circuit. The oral illumination apparatus further includes a sensor coupled to the housing and configured to detect a characteristic from within the mouth, wherein the sensor provides a feedback signal indicative of the characteristic to the processing circuit. The oral illumination apparatus includes a light source coupled to the housing and operatively coupled to the processing circuit. The oral illumination apparatus further includes a power source coupled to the housing. The processing circuit is configured to control the light source in response to the feedback signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140329192
    Abstract: A dental device is provided in which the dental device comprises electronic components for ornamental functionality as well as orthodontic functionality. The dental device comprises components for light, sound, and video display for patients with braces, or for recreational users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Lucie R. Kaskoun, Kenneth Kaskoun
  • Publication number: 20140322661
    Abstract: Diagnostic mouthpieces and separate pads for same allow dental devices of various types to have a dual purpose. The diagnostic mouthpieces allow frequent use and early intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Robert T. RUDMAN, Michael K. LOWE, David W. WARD
  • Publication number: 20140272761
    Abstract: An orthodontic remodeling device, wherein the bite plate is modified to have textured teeth and gum facing surfaces so as to provide cleaning, massaging or acupressure effect when in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael K. LOWE, Zaffer SYED, Tamsen VALOIR
  • Publication number: 20140227653
    Abstract: A ceramic coated aesthetic orthodontic appliance is described as well as methods for making one. The appliance can be an archwire or a bracket. The ceramic coated aesthetic appliance can include an orthodontic archwire having a surface, an aesthetic coating covering at least a portion of the surface, and a ceramic coating layer covering at least a portion of the aesthetic coating. The aesthetic coating can be an aesthetic polymer coating and the ceramic coating layer can be deposited using a low temperature process such as ion beam assisted deposition. An ion beam surface cleaning step may also be added to enhance the adhesion of the ceramic coating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: SPIRE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nader M. Kalkhoran, Eric Tobin, Jason Burns
  • Publication number: 20140227652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an orthodontic force measuring device using a typodont and a load cell, and more particularly, to an orthodontic force measuring device using a typodont and a load cell, which connects an orthodontic application wire to a typodont, employs a load cell to measure an orthodontic force, reduces measurement error which may occur in a measurement method based on an image, precisely measures an orthodontic force, and measures an orthodontic force in a three-dimensional manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Hun Kuk Park, Sam Jin Choi, Ki Ho Park, Sung Hoon Lee, You Jin Cheong, Ok Kyun Kim, Hyun Jong Cho, Sung Vin Yim
  • Publication number: 20140205964
    Abstract: An electronic 3D model of at least a portion of a maxillary arch of a patient is displayed. Inputs indicating a peak of a mesiobuccal cusp of a maxillary first molar are received for both the patient's right and left sides. In addition, an electronic 3D model of at least a portion of a mandibular arch of a patient is displayed. Inputs indicating relevant points on the mandibular first molar are received for both the patient's right and left sides. Side scores are generated for the patient's right and left sides based on the indicated points. A final occlusion score for the patient is displayed. The final occlusion score is based on the side score for the right side and the side score for the left side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Bruce W. Hultgren, Robert Isaacson, Michael C. Marshall
  • Publication number: 20140193765
    Abstract: Method and system for detecting and correcting deviation during an orthodontic treatment plan is provided. The method includes the steps of receiving an un-segmented current teeth image representing a patient's teeth after an orthodontic treatment plan has begun and before the plan ends for the patient; matching a previously segmented teeth model with the current teeth image; and generating at least one corrective stage to define an intermediate tooth arrangement, wherein the at least one corrective stage repositions a digital teeth image so that a prescribed tooth arrangement of the previously segmented teeth model can be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Kitching, Ka M. Cheang
  • Publication number: 20140186789
    Abstract: Improved shapeable bite plates for use with orthodontic vibratory devices and devices offering other treatment modalities. The shapeable bite plates can be manually shaped to fit the Euro arch, arch form I, the Roth arch, and even widest Damon Arch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Tamsen VALOIR
  • Patent number: 8768497
    Abstract: The present application describes, inter alia, methods, devices, and systems for modeling and fabricating corrective appliances and methods of treating cleft palate using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Shriners Hospitals for Children
    Inventors: Philip B. Stoddard, Beth A. Roscoe
  • Publication number: 20140127639
    Abstract: There is provided a method of calculating an index for deciding the necessity of surgically operating on the jaw in orthodontic treatment wherein an index for deciding the necessity of surgically operating on the jaw which becomes objective materials for a dentist to decide the necessity of surgically operating on the jaw of a patient in orthodontic treatment of the patient can be calculated easily, and by appropriately combining the results of other inspection methods, the dentist is able to diagnose easily with high objectivity and correctness, moreover with a short period of time, and its program. Using the distance (S?A) between S and A, the distance (S?Xi) between S and Xi (i is an integer from 1 to 4. X1=B, X2=Pog, X3=Gn and X4=Me.) and the distance (Go?Xj) between Go and Xj (j is an integer from 1 to 4. j=i or j?i.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: CEPHMEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daiki Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 8680494
    Abstract: Polymerization apparatus for dental technology, having a housing; a partition wall disposed in the housing so as to form a polymerization space where polymerization is carried out; a rotating table, which is arranged on a lower side of the polymerization space and on which the dental prosthesis is disposed directly or via other members; and a plurality of LED light sources which irradiate a light for the curing to a polymerization region, which is formed on the upper side of the rotating table and where the dental prosthesis can be disposed, wherein at least one of the plurality of LED light sources is disposed such that a light axis thereof is inclined obliquely upward to be directed toward the polymerization region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventor: Yukie Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20140023983
    Abstract: An electro-orthodontic appliance is provided that helps accelerate orthodontic tooth movement through the application of a controlled electrical current to gum and teeth, thus stimulating osteogenesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Michael K. LOWE, Lawrence W. SWOL
  • Publication number: 20130323669
    Abstract: A bite plate allowing for contact with occlusal and facial and/or lingual maxillary and mandibular teeth is coupled to an extraoral housing containing a rechargeable battery coupled to a vibrator coupled to a processor coupled to data and charging port or ports. The housing is at least water resistant, and a hatch allows access to the data and charging port or ports only. The device is fitted with a very smooth and quiet vibrator, with minimal variance on operating specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Michael K. LOWE
  • Publication number: 20130065191
    Abstract: A palatal t-bar for preventing movement of selected teeth during corrective movement of other teeth through the use of an orthodontic appliance such as orthodontic braces. The t-bar comprises an elongate stem having an anchorage end arranged for affixation to the palatal bone of a patient by means of a temporary bone anchorage device, e.g., a miniscrew implant, and a free end extending in an anterior direction from the anchorage end. The stem is shaped to conform to the palatal surface of the patient. A cross-bar extends laterally from the free end of the stem and is arranged to engage one or more selected maxillary anterior teeth to retain the teeth non-mobile and non-rotational during corrective movement of other teeth utilizing an orthodontic appliance such as orthodontic braces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Roberto Carrillo Fuentevilla, Roberto Jose Carrillo Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20120288813
    Abstract: Anti-microbial orthodontic apparatus and anti-microbial orthodontic compositions comprise an effective amount of a selenium compound. Kits containing apparatus and/or compositions are disclosed, along with methods of producing and using said anti-microbial orthodontic apparatus and anti-microbial orthodontic compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Ted Reid, Julian Spallholz, Thirumal N. Devanathan, Thomas Mosley
  • Publication number: 20120270172
    Abstract: A bone augmentation device includes at least one axial member defining a longitudinal axis and a plurality of transverse members. Each transverse member extends from a first end, or removably connected to the at least one axial member to a second end configured for fixation with bone. The transverse members are spaced apart and disposed along the longitudinal axis. The at least one axial member and the transverse members are disposed in a configuration to define a bone graft cavity. Methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventor: William F. McKay
  • Publication number: 20120148974
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an orthodontic gripping device having a body made of a superelastic metal alloy, cold worked titanium beta III, or solution heat treated and aged titanium beta III. The body has first and second, spaced apart arm portions connected to each other. Each arm portion includes a jaw portion having an inner, arch wire-gripping, surface. The inner gripping surfaces are disposed opposite one another in spaced relation with a station defined therebetween for receiving the arch wire. At least a portion of the station is sized smaller than the arch wire. The arm portions are resiliently deflectable outwardly away from each other to admit the arch wire into the station. Once seated in the station, the arch wire is tightly held by inner gripping surfaces so as to resist displacement of the gripping device relative to the arch wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Strite Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Neil Chester
  • Publication number: 20120129117
    Abstract: An Orthodontic teeth positioning appliance comprising an anterior positioning component, a posterior component and a resilient means connecting the anterior and posterior components. The anterior positioning component is configured to be in contact with, in order to push against, the lingual faces of a plurality of anterior teeth, when worn by the user and the posterior component is configured to be anchored to at least one posterior tooth, when worn by the user in order that the resilient means urges apart the anterior positioning component from the posterior component. The appliance is preferably removable by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: ORTHO-PRO-TEKNICA LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew McCance
  • Patent number: 8177551
    Abstract: A method and workstation for evaluation of an orthodontic treatment plan for a patient. The workstation is based on a computing platform having a graphical user interface, a processor and a computer storage medium containing digitized records pertaining to a patient including image data (3D image data and/or 2D image data). The workstation further includes a set of software instructions providing graphical user interface tools by which the user can create a proposed treatment plan (proposed position of the teeth at the end of treatment) in three dimensions. The workstation also provides tools for evaluation of the proposed treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Orametrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Sachdeva, Peer Sporbert, Stephan Maetzel, Hans Imgrund, Phillip Getto, Doke Evan Roberts
  • Patent number: 8152517
    Abstract: An orthodontics assisting system includes index members which indicate respective reference positions of a pre-correction dentition model and a post-correction predictive dentition model; an arranging device for arranging the index members; an image data generating device for generating image data by imaging the pre-correction dentition model and the post-correction predictive dentition model; a screen display for screen-displaying a pre-correction dentition image an a post-correction predictive dentition image respectively based on the image data, a position adjusting device for adjusting mutual display positions of the pre-correction dentition image and the post-correction predictive dentition image; and a tooth position adjusting device for adjusting the display position of a teeth image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Dental Support Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ichiro Takabatake
  • Patent number: 8108189
    Abstract: Modeling a complete tooth of a patient to facilitate dental and/or orthodontic treatment includes generating a first set of digital data representing a clinical crown; generating a second set of digital data representing a plurality of digital tooth models of a particular tooth type each having a first parameterization; processing the second set of digital data to obtain a third set of digital data representing an average tooth model of the particular tooth type having a second parameterization which is less than the first parameterization; fitting the third set of digital data to the first set of digital data to create a set of digital data representing an interim tooth model; and morphing the set of digital data representing the interim tooth model to substantially mimic the anatomical shape of the clinical crown of the first set of digital data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Align Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fedor Chelnokov, Roman Roschin, Petr Ushanov
  • Publication number: 20120009537
    Abstract: The present invention provides an orthodontic appliance and wearing the orthodontic appliance can change the occlusion so as to solve the problem of conventional orthodontic appliance that might take long treatment duration. Through providing the orthodontic appliance to children with deciduous tooth, the permanent first molar can protrude from current position and move toward the neutral zone with better balance. Also, the present invention is invisible so as to concern user's feeling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Mikiko Nagai