By Mouthpiece-type Retainer Patents (Class 433/6)
  • Patent number: 8758009
    Abstract: A dental appliance including a concave trough conforming to a plurality of teeth when placed over the plurality of teeth. The concave trough is configured to transition from a first shape to a second shape if a deforming force is applied. The concave trough further includes a shape memory material. The shape memory material is configured to restore the concave trough to an approximate first shape upon an application of an external stimulus. The first shape is configured to apply a first force on a tooth when the trough conforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Chunhua Li
  • Patent number: 8733364
    Abstract: A one-piece molded bruxism treatment device which in upright orientation has top and bottom parts, including: an elongated band having a generally U-shape defining a closed front end part and legs extending rearward and adapted to be positioned around the outer surfaces of a person's upper gums and teeth, and two generally planar resiliently deformable bite pads oriented generally horizontally, each extending from one of the feet of the band medially toward the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventor: Ingram S. Chodorow
  • Publication number: 20140134561
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to health monitoring systems and, in certain embodiments, to take-home monitoring systems designed for oral appliance monitoring. Embodiments include a method for obtaining data from an oral appliance. The method comprises placing an oral appliance comprising embedded electronics in an oral cavity, wherein the embedded electronics collect data; transmitting the data to a reader, wherein the reader comprises a computer, tablet computer, smart device, reader box, relay transmitter, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Stéphane Louis Smith, Yves Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 8721332
    Abstract: A non-custom, dental tray device includes a moisture-resistant barrier layer having a labial-buccal wall, a lingual wall, and a bottom wall. The dental tray device includes at least one of the following structural features to enhance the fit of the device; (1) the bottom wall includes an abrupt reduction of width at a location corresponding to where the first bicuspid meets the canine; (2) a bottom wall in the posterior region having a width that is equal to or less than the width of the bottom wall in the anterior region, with no lingual wall in the posterior region; or (3) a transition portion between the bottom wall and either the labial-buccal wall or the lingual wall has a larger radius of curvature as compared to a radius of curvature at a transition portion between the bottom wall the other of the labial-buccal wall and the lingual wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan E. Fischer, Peter M. Allred, Neil T. Jessop, Bruce S. McLean
  • Publication number: 20140120489
    Abstract: An orthosis includes an upper tray and a lower tray, which are designed to line the teeth of an upper jaw and the teeth of a lower jaw, respectively. A connection joins the trays. The upper tray has at least a first fixed base, and the lower tray has at least a second fixed base. The connection has a fixed length and is designed to be fixed, on the one hand, to the first base and, on the other hand, to the second base, in a position that has an advancing effect and that is adjustable by way of a control element integrated in at least one of the two bases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: MEDVENTIV
    Inventors: Dominico Klein, Dominique Perlade
  • Publication number: 20140120488
    Abstract: A system and method for orthodontic alignment includes a radiographic template. The radiographic template has a plurality of metallic markers. A negative impression of a patient's dental arch is made. At least one orthodontic treatment aligner is produced. The aligner is manufactured based in part on a computed axial tomography (CT) scan of a patient wearing the radiographic template and a separate scan of the radiographic template, wherein the data is processed by superimposition of the orthodontic aligner on the CT images of the patient including a jaw in axial and panoramic views. In this manner, the tooth above the gum line, represented by the negative impression as well as the tooth below the gum line, represented by the CT data is used to design the orthodontic aligner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Alex M. GREENBERG
  • Publication number: 20140120490
    Abstract: An orthodontic positioning device and methods for making an orthodontic positioning device including a first patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in one of an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The first appliance includes a hook configured to receive an orthodontic elastic band. The orthodontic positioning device also includes a second patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in the other of the upper jaw and the lower jaw. The second appliance includes a cutout operable to expose an orthodontic elastic band receiving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Artem Borovinskih, Anton Terekhov, Rene Sterental, Mikhail Minchenkov, Ivan Pavlov
  • Patent number: 8708697
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus's for improving orthodontic treatments. In an embodiment, an orthodontic system including a tactile object is provided for modulating an engagement between a tooth attachment and an orthodontic appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chunhua Li, Jennifer Chen, John Morton, Jon Moss, Clark Kaufhardt, Heng Cao
  • Patent number: 8701673
    Abstract: A one-piece molded bruxism treatment device which in upright orientation has top and bottom parts, including: an elongated band having a generally U-shape defining a closed front end part and legs extending rearward and adapted to be positioned around the outer surfaces of a person's upper gums and teeth, and two generally planar resiliently deformable bite pads oriented generally horizontally, each extending from one of the feet of the band medially toward the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventor: Ingram S. Chodorow
  • Patent number: 8703026
    Abstract: Methods of making a removable dental positioning appliance include forming a sheet of transparent crystalline polymeric material into a shell having cavities shaped to receive and reposition teeth from a first orientation to a successive orientation. The polymeric material may then be annealed at a temperature above its glass transition temperature or cured if a curable material to enhance characteristics of the polymeric material. The polymeric material may be coated with a second transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. DeSimone, Robert E. Tricca
  • Patent number: 8696352
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for correcting facial features and oral function in a subject. Also provided are a plurality of intra-oral appliances, which make up the system. The intra-oral appliances each include an appliance body configured for engaging one or more of the gingival-buccal area, the gingivolabial area, and the vestibular area of the subject's mouth, and include one or more extensions for at least partly defining the cavity in the vestibule of the subject's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Judy Lanfried
  • Patent number: 8689795
    Abstract: A TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ) balancing appliance and a method for using the same are provided, in which a first base portion accommodates incisor teeth, a second base portion is extended from a left side of the first base portion and accommodates left molar teeth, and a third base portion is extended from a right side of the first base portion and accommodates right molar teeth. The first base portion includes an upper part for accommodating upper incisor teeth and a lower part for accommodating lower incisor teeth and has a center for accommodating the upper and lower incisor teeth higher than the left and right sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Jinbiotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Jun Lee, Hwa-Jeong Lee, Kyung-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8689794
    Abstract: A dental shield for use during intubation to protect teeth, including a plurality of tooth segments, each segment having a male connector and a female connector located on opposite sides for the purpose of attaching each segment to an adjacent segment, and each segment formed from a rigid material defining a tooth-shaped channel containing a deformable material bound to the tooth surface such that a number of tooth segments are assemblable into the dental shield device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Zeljko Veselinovic
  • Publication number: 20140093834
    Abstract: A mandible repositioning appliance is provided comprising an anterior member adapted to receive anterior teeth; first and second posterior members, each adapted to receive posterior teeth, wherein each posterior member comprises an occlusal pad support; and a positioning guide formed between the anterior member and each of the first and second posterior members, wherein said guide functions to position the user's mandible into an anatomically correct position achieved when each positioning guide is in position resting between the third and fourth upper and lower anterior teeth when the appliance is in place in the user's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Youssif Andary
  • Publication number: 20140087324
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for detecting deviations from an orthodontic treatment plan. One method includes receiving a tracking model, performing a matching step between individual teeth in a plan model and the tracking model, comparing the tracking model with the plan model, and detecting one or more positional differences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fuming Wu, Vadim Matov, Jihua Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140087323
    Abstract: Method and system for managing multiple impressions of a patient's jaw for an orthodontic treatment is provided. The method includes scanning at least a first impression and a second impression of same jaw for the orthodontic treatment; determining if the first jaw impression and the second jaw impression have distortion in different areas; selecting the first jaw impression or the second jaw impression as a base impression; and replacing a distorted tooth data from the base impression with data for the same tooth from a non-base impression. The method also includes scanning at least a first jaw impression for the orthodontic treatment; scanning a bite impression for the orthodontic treatment; matching the scanned first jaw impression with the scanned bite impression; comparing bite information with a tooth occlusal surface; and determining if reconstruction is to be performed on the tooth occlusal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Srinivas Kaza, Bob Grove
  • 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: 20140080082
    Abstract: Improved customizable bite plates using curable resins, especially light curable resins, for use with orthodontic vibratory devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Michael K. LOWE
  • Publication number: 20140080083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a functional dentofacial orthopedic apparatus (1) made of a flexible material and comprising two grooves, the general outer shape of each of which is a flared U when viewed horizontally, the two grooves being separated by a substantially horizontal partition (6). Each groove defines an alveolar canal (4, 5) encompassing the superior and inferior alveolodental arches, respectively, said canal (4, 5) consisting of a labial bar (2) and a lingual plate (3), as well as the horizontal partition (6), the inner surface of each canal being smooth. According to the invention, the apparatus includes: a continuous angled lingual ramp (10) which is intended for supporting and guiding the tongue toward the palate and the upper portion of which consists of a reinforced inner raised portion (9), the general shape of which is flared U and which extends over the inner circumference of the grooves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Rodrigue Mathieu
  • Publication number: 20140072926
    Abstract: Improved aligners are provided with pearlescent white coloring and improved aesthetics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Tamsen Valoir
  • Publication number: 20140072927
    Abstract: An adjustable mandibular advancement device has an upper plate for covering upper teeth of a human and a lower plate for covering lower teeth of the human. A magnetic closure mechanism is provided in the device in order to hold the upper plate in contact with the lower plate when the device is positioned in a person's mouth. The magnetic closure mechanism includes one or more magnets in the upper plate and one or more magnets in the lower plate. The magnets are positioned so that when the upper plate and lower plate are in contact, the lower plate pulls the person's lower teeth and lower jaw forward and down in order to reduce obstruction of an airway during sleep or physical activity such as sport. An adjustment mechanism between the plates allows the position of the lower plate relative to the upper plate to be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Eduardo Diaz
  • Patent number: 8667971
    Abstract: A spacing member can be positioned between teeth of the athlete to obtain a desired position between the upper and lower jaw. At least one bite registration can be recorded while the lower jaw is in the desired position. The desired position can range from the physiological resting position, to a performance position, in which the lower jaw is positioned anteriorly in relation to the physiological resting position. The mouthpiece can be formed to include a pair of bite portions configured to substantially space apart and position the jaws generally according to the desired position, and a connecting portion can connect the bite portions within the mouth. The connecting portion may extend labially along the anterior teeth and associated gum region of the lower jaw, and may be sized and shaped to substantially lie out of the way so as to not impede speech of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nova Scotia Limited
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Makkar, Trevor Robert Laingchild, Preston Joseph Dokuchie, Joseph Youssif Andary, Kris Shailer Astaphan, Deryl Dangstorp
  • Patent number: 8667972
    Abstract: TENS can be applied to the TMJ of an athlete for a period of time to deprogram muscles. After TENS, a desired position of the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw can be determined and recorded. The desired position can be a physiological resting position, or a performance position in which the lower jaw is positioned anteriorly relative to the physiological resting position. A mouthpiece can be prepared including bite portions configured to substantially space apart and position the jaws according to the desired position, and substantially prevent movement of the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw. A connecting portion connects the bite portions within the mouth, and may extend labially along the anterior teeth and associated gum region of the lower jaw, and may be sized and shaped to substantially lie out of the way so as to not impede speech of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: 3162212 Nova Scotia Limited
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Makkar, Trevor Robert Laingchild, Preston Joseph Dokuchie
  • Patent number: 8656920
    Abstract: A device to alleviate snoring is disclosed. It is an appliance that fits into the mouth, is held against the roof of the mouth by means on the upper premolars, and presses against the soft palate, preventing the soft palate from descending into the airway of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Theresa Tannatt
  • Patent number: 8656926
    Abstract: A device and method for relieving head, neck, facial, joint and tooth pain. An intra-oral device, worn over the upper or lower incisors, allows at least one opposite tooth to contact the rear wall of the device, only within the user's freeway space, and prevents upper and lower posterior teeth from contacting. The device facilitates deprogramming and releasing of the upper and lower jaw muscles. The device includes an extruded or molded shell made of a hard polycarbonate or similar hard plastic material. The internal surface of the shell may be secured in place for the user or lined with a low molding temperature thermoplastic resin, allowing the user to mold the internal aspect of the device onto and over the teeth to produce a fitted device. This relieves the stresses, strains, pains and damage that can be caused by parafunctioning of the dental neural-muscular system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Marc Doctors, Randy Widen
  • Patent number: 8656925
    Abstract: A bite block device for use with intrabuccal instruments having a generally U-shaped central body. A lower vestibular rim extends from an outer periphery of a bottom surface of the generally U-shaped central body. A lower lingual rim extends from an inner periphery of the bottom surface of the generally U-shaped central body. An upper vestibular rim extends from an outer periphery of an upper surface of the generally U-shaped central body. An upper lingual rim extends from an inner periphery of the upper surface of the generally U-shaped central body. The upper surface, the upper vestibular rim, and the upper lingual rim are anteriorly discontinuous for a common length to form an intrabuccal instrument channel therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Surgovations, LLC
    Inventors: Layne Davis, Christopher Menard
  • Patent number: 8651857
    Abstract: A dental appliance for correcting tooth alignment. The appliance includes a body for seating on an arch of teeth. The body is at least partially elastically deformable and has a seated condition into which it is elastically deformable to be seated on an arch of teeth. The body is constructed, when seated on an arch of teeth, for applying, by virtue of said elastic deformation, a correction force on one or more misaligned teeth, at or adjacent a base of the crown of each misaligned tooth, in a direction in which each misaligned tooth is to be moved to correct its alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Clearsmile Holdings Pty Limited
    Inventor: Joseph Geenty
  • Patent number: 8646455
    Abstract: The invention is an oral appliance for prevention of sleeping problems including snoring, sleep apnea and bruxism, and may also be used to protect the teeth and gums from surgical instruments during surgery. Specifically, the appliance alters the position of the user's mandible, which is known as a method for reducing the restriction of the flow of air through the pharyngeal passageway. The appliance is a one-piece device molded from a flexible polymer. It includes an upper maxillary tray and a lower mandibulary tray. Both upper and lower trays include inner and outer walls which increase contact area with the teeth. The hinge mechanism of the device includes a positive positioning system comprised of opposed interlocking ridges. The ridges serve to create offset between the position of the upper tray and lower tray relative to each other, therefore advancing the user's mandible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sleeping Well LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Webster, Larry Carlberg, Avery Lieberman, John Herald
  • Patent number: 8641414
    Abstract: An orthodontic positioning device and methods for making an orthodontic positioning device including a first patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in one of an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The first appliance includes a hook configured to receive an orthodontic elastic band. The orthodontic positioning device also includes a second patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in the other of the upper jaw and the lower jaw. The second appliance includes a cutout operable to expose an orthodontic elastic band receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Artem Borovinskih, Anton Terekhov, Rene Sterental, Mikhail Minchenkov, Ivan Pavlov
  • Patent number: 8636506
    Abstract: An improved vibrating dental plate that allows differential vibration of one or more teeth to assist in orthodontic remodeling is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: OrthAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dubravko Pavlin
  • Publication number: 20140023980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods of developing and tracking delivery and patient progression through an orthodontic treatment plan. One method includes identifying deviations from an orthodontic treatment plan, including receiving a digital representation of an actual arrangement of a patient's teeth after an orthodontic treatment plan has begun for the patient and prior to completion of the orthodontic treatment plan. The method further includes comparing the actual arrangement to a pre-determined planned arrangement to determine if the actual arrangement substantially deviates from the planned arrangement, the comparing comprising matching teeth from a previously segmented model to a surface of an unsegmented representation of the actual arrangement; and calculating one or more positional differences between the actual and planned arrangements of at least some of the corresponding teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Kitching, Rene Sterental, Eric Kuo, Maia Singer
  • Patent number: 8634948
    Abstract: Method and system for providing volume manufacturing of customizable items including receiving a data package including a plurality of manufacturing parameters, each of the plurality of manufacturing parameters associated with a unique item, verifying the received data package, and implementing a manufacturing process associated with the received data package is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Artem Boronvinskih, Qinghui Lu, Maneesh Dhagat, Shiva P. Sambu, Evgeny Timofeyev, Dmitry Sultanov, Anton Spiridonov, Ivan Ionov, Sergey Nikolskiy, Vasily Ivanov, Alexey Vishnevskiy
  • Patent number: 8631800
    Abstract: The present technology provides a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) which may be self titratable. The MRD may be repositioned relative to the maxilla, e.g., the mandible may be brought, via the device, to a position forward of a neutral resting and/or bite position. The MRD allows for adjusting the maintained forward position by simply biting-down to preserve the desired degree of mandibular advancement. The present technology also allows for movement of the mandible in a lateral direction. The lateral movement is allowed for any forward longitudinal positioning of the mandible. The MRD may use a plurality of components that are coupled together and allow for lateral and longitudinal motion between each other. The present technology may be used in MRDs which may be self-fitted, typically by immersing the device in hot water and then biting into the device, making an impression of the teeth in the softened thermoplastic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sleep Science Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel Lindsay, Glenn Clark, Heather Flick
  • Publication number: 20140004476
    Abstract: Embodiments include dental appliances, dental appliance systems, and methods of making and using such appliances. In one embodiment, a dental appliance includes a shell having a number of cavities to receive one or more teeth, each cavity having an inner surface. Fewer than all cavities are scaled-up in size by a first selected percentage over one or more dimensions of a corresponding tooth surface to provide a uniform space between the cavity inner surface and the corresponding tooth surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick M. Matty, Anthony W. Morefield, Devin K. Webb
  • Publication number: 20130344452
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for tracking teeth movement correction. One method embodiment includes using a set of positioning appliances shaped to move teeth through a number of successive stages of arrangements of an expected teeth arrangement model where each stage corresponds to a particular positioning appliance, mapping a current teeth position based upon positions of a number of physical markers attached to a number of physical teeth, comparing the positions of the number of physical markers with a corresponding number of virtual markers positioned on a number of virtual teeth of a stage in the expected teeth arrangement model, determining whether midcourse correction is needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Viacheslav V. Korytov, Roman A. Roschin
  • Publication number: 20130323664
    Abstract: Orthodontic anchoring method and custom apparatus affixed to teeth, TADS and/or tooth positioning and stabilization appliances and/or orthodontic auxiliaries. Each appliance has mechanical fasteners structured to secure segments of a curable flexible resin rope called a flex fit module (FFM). The FFM is moldable and adaptable to the oral cavity between mechanical fasteners in an uncured first mode where it is cut to length, positioned around the anatomy of the mouth and attached to clamps or fasteners at each end. Each fastener has a clamp attached to orthodontic auxiliaries, orthodontic appliances or onto a TAD for anchorage purposes. One end of this custom appliance is usually attached via a clamp manufactured as part of a bracket or band to a tooth. The other end is connected to an appliance, tad or auxiliary. Once connected together the system is cured and becomes a solid entity ready to accept orthodontic forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Justin Parker
  • Publication number: 20130323665
    Abstract: A system for repositioning teeth comprises a plurality of individual appliances. 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 comprise at least 200 layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Paul D. Dinh, Jarrett J. Pumphrey, Henry A Bowling
  • Publication number: 20130302743
    Abstract: A computer is used to create a plan for repositioning an orthodontic patient's teeth. The computer receives an initial digital data set representing the patient's teeth at their initial positions and a final digital data set representing the teeth at their final positions. The computer then uses the data sets to generate treatment paths along which the teeth will move from the initial positions to the final positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Muhammad Chishti, Kelsey Wirth, Andrew Beers, Huafeng Wen, Phillips Alexander Benton, Timothy N. Jones, Ross J. Miller, Brian Freyburger
  • Publication number: 20130302742
    Abstract: A dental appliance for positioning a patient's teeth includes a removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to directly receive at least some of the patient's teeth and apply a resilient positioning force to the patient's teeth. The appliance includes a hard polymer layer having a hard polymer layer elastic modulus disposed between a first soft polymer layer having a first soft polymer layer elastic modulus and a second soft polymer layer having a second soft polymer layer elastic modulus. The hard polymer layer elastic modulus is greater than each of the first soft polymer layer elastic modulus and the second soft polymer layer elastic modulus. At least one of the first soft polymer layer and the second soft polymer layer has a flexural modulus of greater than about 35,000 psi.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chunhua Li, Yan Chen
  • Publication number: 20130295514
    Abstract: The invention relates to an orthodontic apparatus comprising an upper jaw brace (OKS) and a lower jaw brace (UKS). The braces each have an adjustment mechanism (13) for an engaging part (14, 30). The engaging parts engage together when the mouth is closed. Each adjustment mechanism (13) has an adjustment spindle (16) running in the sagittal direction of the jaw brace, the spindle head thereof can be accessed at the front by a tool (T). The position of the engaging part can thereby be adjusted very easily, and, among other things, also while the orthodontic apparatus is in the mouth of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Saduman Oguzhan Köklü
  • Patent number: 8567408
    Abstract: Oral appliances adapted to for spacing the occlusal surfaces of the teeth of a user are disclosed. The oral appliances have an integral retention band interconnecting a first bite pad and a second bite pad. The first bite pad can include a first spacer and the second bite pad can include a second spacer that are configured to maintain the spacing of the occlusal surfaces of opposing teeth of a user during clenching or upon an impact to the jaw. Methods for the manufacture of composite oral appliances are also disclosed. The methods include forming a composite oral appliance over a model of a user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bite Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Roettger, Robert C. Molhoek, Jon D. Kittlesen, Henry D. Cross, III, Paul A. Broadbent, Paul L. Bradshaw, Paul C. Belvedere, William L. Ballanoff
  • Patent number: 8562337
    Abstract: An active dental attachment. Specifically, an attachment device for interacting with a polymeric shell dental appliance is described. The attachment device includes an anchoring attachment body. A bonding surface is coupled to the anchoring attachment body, wherein the bonding surface is configured for anchoring the anchoring attachment body to a dental feature of a patient's dentition. A force-applying active mechanism is coupled to the anchoring attachment body. A polymeric shell dental appliance contact region is coupled to the force-applying active mechanism. The polymeric shell dental appliance contact region is configured to contact the force-applying active mechanism and apply a force generated by the force-applying active mechanism between the dental feature and the polymeric shell dental appliance when the polymeric shell dental appliance engages the force-applying active mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Kuo, Fuming Wu
  • Publication number: 20130273490
    Abstract: A dental device includes a mouthpiece configured to sit against occlusal surfaces of a patient's teeth and a motor connected to the mouthpiece. The motor is configured to vibrate the mouthpiece at a frequency between 60 and 120 Hz and an acceleration between 0.03 G and 0.06 G such that the mouthpiece places an axial vibratory force on the occlusal surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Bryce A. WAY, Christopher U. Phan, Dana Leigh Gelman Keiles, Richard Johnson, Phillip Abatelli, Amin Hadi Mirzaaghaeian
  • Publication number: 20130266906
    Abstract: Provided herein is a force system for repositioning teeth and the methods of making and using the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventor: B. Chia Soo
  • Publication number: 20130252193
    Abstract: A tooth positioner is combined with a vibrational source, thus speeding orthodontic remodeling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Steven J. BOWMAN, Michael K. LOWE
  • Patent number: 8539955
    Abstract: An improved mouthguard is provided for use by individuals having orthodontic appliances, such as braces. The mouthguard comprises an outer guard portion and an inner subguard portion. The subguard provides a barrier between the outer guard and the user's braces, thereby allowing the outer guard to be custom fit to the user's mouth and teeth using methods known in the art. Additionally, the subguard is secured to the outer guard, producing a one-piece mouthguard, and allows the mouthguard to be removably secured to the user's braces, increasing the comfort and retention of the mouthguard within the user's mouth. The mouthguard effectively protects the users braces, as well as the user's teeth and mouth, from potential damage arising out impacts suffered by the user during sporting activities while improving the user's comfort and performance in sports by allowing the user to breathe and speak uninhibited during the sporting activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Jeff A. Foster
  • Publication number: 20130244195
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance 1 for promoting development of a dental arch form in a patient who has an underdeveloped dental arch form is disclosed. The appliance 1 includes an arch-shaped base member 2 that is made of a resiliently flexible material, and a teeth engaging member 5 that encloses at least part of the base member 2. The teeth engaging member 5 defines upper and/or lower dental arch receiving channels 46, 47 and is made of a resiliently flexible material that is softer than the base member and is deformable. The appliance 1 has a resting form in which the resilient materials of the base member 2 and the teeth engaging member 5 are in their resting condition. The appliance 1 can be flexed or deformed out of the resting form to fit the underdeveloped dental arch form into the dental arch receiving channel 46, 47.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher John FARRELL
  • Publication number: 20130244194
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method provide automatic tooth straightening. An appliance may be placed on teeth to straighten teeth. The appliance or series of appliances may be made to fit a particular patient. A portion of the appliance may be attached to fully erupted teeth that are substantially straight. The appliance may fit onto the teeth that do not require straightening using a section that may be made from relatively stiff material. The erupted teeth that require straightening may be straightened with a softer more resilient material. The unerupted teeth may be guided into the mouth by another portion of the appliance that is preformed with predicted sizes and shapes of teeth determined from sizes of other erupted adult teeth and shapes from anatomical standards. A hard stiffer inner shell and/or a stiffer isthmus having a softer material is overlayed to directly contact the teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Earl O. Bergersen
  • Publication number: 20130236848
    Abstract: A method for orthodontic treatment includes defining a plurality of incremental tooth adjustment stages. Each tooth adjustment stage includes an incremental change in an alignment of at least one tooth. For one of the stages, the method includes sequentially utilizing a plurality of orthodontic appliances, each appliance having identical tooth geometries configured to the stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Airton Arruda
  • Publication number: 20130230819
    Abstract: An orthodontic aligner tray includes a plurality of tooth-shaped cavities configured to adjust alignment or position of at least one tooth in the mouth of a patient. An apparatus to retain the orthodontic aligner tray to teeth of the patient includes the aligner tray including the plurality of tooth-shaped cavities, a retention feature securing the aligner tray to the teeth of the patient, and an adhering agent connecting the aligner tray and the retention feature. The retention feature includes a single contiguous retention feature aligned to a space between two adjacent teeth and spanning from a lingual gingival margin to a labial gingival margin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Airton Arruda