By Mouthpiece-type Retainer Patents (Class 433/6)
  • Patent number: 8523565
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick M. Matty, Anthony W. Morefield, Devin K. Webb
  • Patent number: 8517726
    Abstract: Methods and devices utilizing a dental appliance having a resilient portion are disclosed. One such appliance is a removable dental positioning appliance that includes, a plurality of shell portions each having one or more cavities shaped therein to receive one or more teeth and wherein each of the plurality of shell portions is formed to be separate from each of the other plurality of shell portions; a resilient component attached to a side of at least two shell portions; and wherein at least one of, the resilient component and one or more of the shell portions, provides one or more forces to reposition one or more teeth from a first orientation to a successive orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Kakavand, Vadim Matov, Jennifer C. Chen, Jon F. Moss, Jihua Cheng
  • Patent number: 8505541
    Abstract: A dental device has a U-shaped carrier with at least one channel for embracing an arch of teeth. The carrier has recessed insets in the channel. Discrete inserts carrying a beneficial agent can fit into the insets and release the agent gradually. The device may be used in a therapeutic application and as an athletic mouthguard. Temporary blanks may be initially fitted in the insets while a portion of the mouthguard is softened before an arch of teeth is pressed into the channel to make a custom impression. The inserts possess different physical properties than the carrier and may be positioned and shaped to mechanically buffer teeth of the arch from mechanical shocks as well as release beneficial agents. The inserts may be replaced or refreshed to maintain the beneficial agent. A dental device having a core carrying a beneficial agent inside a liquid-permeable shell functions as an infant's teething device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Dynamic Mouth Devices LLC
    Inventors: Laura Bardach, James Geduldig, Salvatore Napoli
  • Patent number: 8496008
    Abstract: An oral device for use in radiotherapy of the head and neck includes a base member and a bite member or “mouthpiece,” which is selectively positionable relative to the base member. The device provides immobilization of the tongue for accurate reproducible administration of radiation therapy. The device fits within the oral cavity of a patient and is maintained in position by a bite member that fits over the maxillary teeth of the patient. The position of the bite member relative to the base member may be adjustable to accommodate differences in mouth cavities and bite profiles. For example, the base member may include a platform or series of members configured to be removably coupled to the bite member in multiple different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Oncologics, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Westbrook, Sheila Wartelle, Grover Bass
  • Patent number: 8469706
    Abstract: An activatable dental appliance. A concave trough conforms to a plurality of teeth when placed over the plurality of teeth. A first force applying region is configured to apply a first force to at least one tooth of the plurality of teeth for repositioning the tooth. A second force applying region is configured to be selectively activated, wherein when selectively activated the second force applying region applies a force to at least one tooth of the plurality of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Kuo
  • Publication number: 20130157213
    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 located to the aligner tray between a first of the tooth-shaped cavities and a second of the tooth-shaped cavities adjacent to the first tooth shaped cavity, and an adhering agent connecting the aligner tray and the retention feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Airton Arruda
  • Patent number: 8459989
    Abstract: An odontological device to guide occlusion of an individual. The device contains a U-shaped arch with concaves on the side of both the lower jaw and the upper jaw. The bottom surfaces of the concaves form an isthmus separating the concaves from one another. The isthmus includes blanks for individual teeth and uniform, continuous hollows for at least two teeth. The lower jaw side of the device has a lower wing constricting a tongue at least sideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: LM-Instruments Oy
    Inventors: Katri Keski-Nisula, Juha Varrela
  • Patent number: 8459987
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance 1 for promoting development of a dental arch form in a patient. 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 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. When deformed the appliance 1 exerts a return force that urges the underdeveloped dental arch to expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher John Farrell
  • Patent number: 8453650
    Abstract: A mouthpiece includes a first body configured to be secured over one or more teeth of a user. The first body comprises a frame for location about at least one of a molar or a premolar of user, as a first bite pad between upper teeth and lower teeth. The first bite pad is molded in the frame while in situ in the mouth of the user and the first bite pad is formed by a PVS material. The first bite pad is in contact with at least one of a molar or a premolar of user, and the first bite pad defines an exterior shape of at least a portion of the teeth of a user. There is a similar second body with a connector between the first body and the second body and together these form the appliance for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: MDM
    Inventor: David Scott Frey
  • Patent number: 8449296
    Abstract: An appliance fabricated to improve the appearance of a patient's smile includes a plurality of simulated teeth. The interior surfaces of each of the teeth closely fits and conforms to the surface of a patient's real teeth while the outer surfaces of each of the simulated teeth has an ideal surface configuration. The dental appliance provides the patient with the appearance of a perfect set of teeth and an ideal smile without a need to alter the dental structure of the patient's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Den Mat Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: M. Marc Liechtung
  • Patent number: 8448282
    Abstract: The mouthpiece (10) includes receiving portions for receiving teeth from the upper and lower jaws. The teeth receiving portions includes two side portions (26, 28) which are joined by flexible members (32, 34) to a front portion (30). The two side portions move laterally relative to the front portion by the flexible members to accommodate a variety of dental arch configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Martinus Bernardus Stapelbroek, Arif Veendijk
  • Patent number: 8444413
    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: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan E. Fischer, Peter M. Allred, Bruce S. McLean
  • Patent number: 8444412
    Abstract: Anchor apparatus for a flexible and resilient clear orthodontic appliance constructed to be removably fitted over the teeth of a user by friction in a predetermined position. One or more first anchor devices are secured to the bone in the mouth of the user in a position to be adjacent to the orthodontic appliance when fitted over the teeth. The orthodontic appliance is constructed to removably engage the first anchor device or devices when the orthodontic appliance is fitted on the teeth in the predetermined position to removably secure the orthodontic device in the predetermined position. The orthodontic appliance may comprise one or more second anchor devices mounted thereon for removable engagement with the first anchor devices. The first and second anchor devices comprise female recessed portions or male heads that are complementary in shape to facilitate the removable engagement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Bi-Corticle LLC
    Inventors: David Baughman, Jack Fisher, John Sparaga
  • Publication number: 20130122444
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dentition retaining apparatus that includes a joint between a holding member and a supporting member. The holding member is elastically deformable and terminates in an end segment having a length with an outer diameter. The joint includes a coil extending from the supporting member and having an inner diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the end segment of the holding member. The coil is placed around at least a portion of the end segment of the holding member. The coil compresses the end segment of the holding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Paul William Griffiths
  • Patent number: 8435030
    Abstract: Orthodontic braces including a plaque 2, preferably made of a plastic material for food purposes, on which there is reproduced the shape of at least one portion of the palatal-dental arch, both top and bottom, the arch includes at least one tooth (D) of the patient who will be using the braces. The braces include at least one thrust plate 3 adapted for the correction of malocclusions, including at least one inner face 32, in which there is at least one adjustment 33, which is adapted to adjust the thrust exerted on the at least one tooth “D” by at least one outer face 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Franco Borri
  • Patent number: 8435031
    Abstract: A new and useful orthodontic clasp that is more resistant to breakage, and when in use is unlikely to separate from its associated orthodontic appliance should breakage occur, comprising two metal wires crossed at an angle and held together with a weld/solder joint, said weld/solder joint having four wire segments extending from said two metal wires crossed at the weld/solder joint, two of said wire segments adjacent and longer in length and two of said wire segments adjacent and shorter in length, said four wire segments each having a clasp wire bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: William M. Hang
  • Publication number: 20130108976
    Abstract: Methods and devices utilizing a dental appliance for dental retainer wire attachment are disclosed. One such wire attachment appliance includes a shell having one or more cavities formed therein and shaped to receive one or more teeth, at least two wire attachment members provided on the shell, and at least one attachment material reservoir provided on the shell, wherein the attachment material is provided to attach a wire to a tooth adjacent to a particular reservoir of the at least one attachment material reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Align Technology, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130095446
    Abstract: A method for direct fabrication of an orthodontic device having tooth-fitting cavities, such as an aligner, using layer-by-layer printing of a single or multiple polymeric materials. The cavities of the appliance are defined by the boundaries of the multiple layers, encapsulating up to fourteen teeth of a patient, and shaped to apply a load to at least one tooth that is sufficient to cause movement of the tooth, and remodeling of the adjacent bone. A series of such appliances may be used to treat malocclusion of teeth, each directly manufactured appliance used in series to incrementally move one or more teeth from initial positions toward a desired final position. The appliance may be fabricated with a variety of disclosed materials, and may include auxiliary features for interaction with other orthodontic elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: ORMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ormco Corporation
  • Patent number: 8419424
    Abstract: A functional orthodontic appliance including a facebow as an extraoral device for treating malpositions of the jaws or teeth. The functional orthodontic appliance includes a pad holder which is fastened to a transition area of the facebow and can be individually positioned and adjusted by very simple means. Preferably, the pad holder is provided with one pair of pads or a twin plate which is/are placed inside the lower lip in the vestibule that is displaced downward. The inventive appliance makes it possible to do functional orthodontic therapy of the lower jaw with all known advantages while correcting the position of the teeth in the upper jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Guido Herzog
  • Publication number: 20130089828
    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: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Artem Borovinskih, Anton Terekhov, Rene Sterental, Mikhail Minchenkov
  • Publication number: 20130078594
    Abstract: A dental appliance has an auxiliary feature bonded to a polymeric surface of a shell body with a compartment for receiving teeth. The auxiliary feature is bonded with a light-curable acrylic adhesive comprising acrylate base material and photoinitiator. Auxiliary features include colored layers and, decals, reinforcing features and auxiliary dental devices. A light-curable acrylic adhesive may include a thiol monomer and/or a pigment. A dental appliance may have a shell body with a bonding surface adapted for attachment of an auxiliary feature, such as prepared by a pretreatment to mar the surface of to impregnate the surface with a reactive adhesion promoter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: SYMDENT, INC.
    Inventor: SYMDENT, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130078593
    Abstract: An orthodontic aligner of the type that is deformable from its initial shape to a deformed shape when fitted upon a patient's teeth in order to apply a load to the teeth to move the teeth to an orthodontically preferred position is made from a polymeric material that generates a continuing elastic return stress driving toward the initial shape after a substantial period of continuous deformation, such as longer than one day and up to or exceeding two weeks. Elastic stress loads applied to teeth over such durations cause greater remodeling of the bone adjacent to a tooth's roots than is possible with known aligner materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: ORMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: ORMCO CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130071801
    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: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: LANFRIED ORTHO TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Judy LANFRIED
  • Publication number: 20130059262
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance for treating a malocclusion such as a class 3 malocclusion is disclosed. The appliance comprises an outer wall and an inner wall, and a web extending between the inner and the outer walls. The inner and outer walls and the web define upper and lower channels within which the respective arches of a patient can be received. The inner and outer walls form a mounting arrangement for mounting the appliance on the upper and lower arches of the patient. The outer wall has an upper portion which is offset relative to the lower portion and the upper portion forms an outer spacing formation for holding the buccal mucosa away from the patient's upper arch so that it does not inhibit development of the upper arch. The appliance also includes a tongue elevator for lifting up the tongue to a height above the lower arch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher John Farrell
  • Publication number: 20130059263
    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: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • Patent number: 8376738
    Abstract: A universal impression tray can be reshaped shortened or lengthened allowing a clinician the ability to use one tray in any clinical situation. The tray itself can be used with patients requiring complete removable dentures, root supported and implant-supported overdentures and in some selected dentate cases. The tray can be infinitely modified allowing total control by the clinician. Trays in accordance with features of the present invention are made of a material composition including thermoplastic resin and thermochromic pigment. The material composition softens and changes color in warm water but tends to hold its shape until manipulated by the dentist. The thermoplastic resin portion of the tray can include polycaprolactone resin, styrene resin and dental modeling compound and can vary for specific uses to roughly 50% polycaprolactone /styrene resin and 50% dental modeling compound. Thermochromic pigment can represent up to 5% of the overall material composition of a tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Big Jaw Bone, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Wagner
  • Publication number: 20130034822
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are directed to accurately coupling attachment devices to dental surfaces suitable for cooperative engagement with positioning appliances. In accordance with an embodiment, a system is provided that comprises a template, one or more preformed attachment devices, and one or more gaskets. The template is operable for accurate locating and positioning of the preformed attachment device onto the tooth surface. The gasket is operable to mask unintended tooth surface adjacent the preformed attachment device from bonding material. The preformed attachment device is operable to facilitate secure bonding to the tooth surface via bonding material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Russell C. Teasdale
  • Publication number: 20130029285
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are directed to accurately coupling attachment devices to dental surfaces suitable for cooperative engagement with positioning appliances. In accordance with an embodiment, a system is provided that comprises a template and one or more gaskets. The template is operable for accurate locating and positioning an attachment device onto the tooth surface. The gasket is operable to mask bonding material from unintended tooth surface adjacent the attachment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Russell C. Teasdale
  • Publication number: 20130029284
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein provide apparatus and methods for forming and coupling an attachment device onto one or more teeth. A system comprises a template including a shell having a cavity defining a shape that is operable to receive one or more teeth. The template comprises an aperture at one or more predetermined locations. The aperture defines an aperture perimeter. The system further comprises one or more attachment molds. Each attachment mold comprises a mold bore therethrough. The attachment mold further includes a mold perimeter surface that defines a predetermined shape, wherein each of the aperture perimeters being operable to receive and cooperate with the mold perimeter surface of one of the attachment molds. Each mold bore being operable for providing a mold for forming an attachment device coupled to a tooth of a desired shape and orientation from curable material that may be disposed within the mold bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Russell C. Teasdale
  • Patent number: 8356603
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, an apparatus for treating a breathing condition includes a body, a threaded member, a hook, and a receiver. The body comprises a front stop, a rear stop, and a guide extending between the stops. The threaded member couples between the stops and rotates relative to the body. The hook couples to the guide, comprises a threaded passage and an arm that engages a lower arch, and travels in a forward direction along the guide to adjust the position of the lower arch. The receiver couples to the lower arch and comprises a shelf that engages the arm of the hook. The apparatus may include an extender coupled to the receiver and providing a shelf that is more rearward than the shelf of the receiver. The apparatus may include a post that couples the apparatus to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: AirWay Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: W. Keith Thornton
  • Patent number: 8356993
    Abstract: A removable orthodontic appliance of discrete plastic sleeves, each being receivable over a corresponding tooth of a patient. Lingual clips are fastened to the corresponding tooth and which are engageable with corresponding structure of the sleeves for removably retaining each of said plastic sleeves to the corresponding tooth of the patient. Buccal brackets are fixably carried on a side of each of the sleeves positionally corresponding to a buccal surface of the corresponding tooth to which each of the sleeves is receivable. An arch wire is ligated to each of the buccal brackets to extend therebetween. The system can be conveniently removed for cleaning and adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Blake E. Marston
  • Patent number: 8348665
    Abstract: An activatable dental appliance. A concave trough conforms to a plurality of teeth when placed over the plurality of teeth. A first force applying region is configured to apply a first force to at least one tooth of the plurality of teeth for repositioning the tooth. A second force applying region is configured to be selectively activated, wherein when selectively activated the second force applying region applies a force to at least one tooth of the plurality of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Kuo
  • Patent number: 8342840
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dentition retaining apparatus that includes a joint between a holding member and a supporting member. The holding member is elastically deformable and terminates in an end segment having a length with an outer diameter. The joint includes a coil extending from the supporting member and having an inner diameter that is less than the outer diameter of the end segment of the holding member. The coil is placed around at least a portion of the end segment of the holding member. The coil compresses the end segment of the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Paul William Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20120322018
    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: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: ORTHOACCEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael K. LOWE, Lawrence W. SWOL
  • Patent number: 8333203
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or actuator assembly through a custom-fitted dental appliance are disclosed herein. The customized fitting is done by the user. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded intra-orally on a tooth or oral tissue. The electronic and actuator assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating actuator element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sonitus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John Spiridigliozzi, Amir Abolfathi, Emir Deljkich
  • Patent number: 8333202
    Abstract: An adjustable dental device for use with a CPAP system in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring is comprised of an upper bite block, a lower bite block having one or more tongue retainers, means for adjustably connecting the upper bite block to the lower bite block, and means for connecting the dental device to a CPAP system. The adjustable dental device is compatible with a variety of CPAP systems, including systems that utilize nasal inserts and systems that utilize a nasal mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Donald Richard Lyons
  • Patent number: 8316858
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, an apparatus for treating a breathing condition includes an oral appliance, a mask, and a tensioning device. The oral appliance is configured to receive at least some of a wearer's teeth and a mask. The mask is configured to deliver gas to the wearer. The mask includes a chamber configured to cover the wearer's mouth. The chamber is at least partially enclosed by an interior of the mask. The tensioning device couples the mask to the oral appliance and includes a flexible tension element at least partially disposed between the oral appliance and the mask and within the chamber. The flexible tension element is configured to apply a tensile force between the mask and the oral appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: AirWay Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: W. Keith Thornton
  • Patent number: 8316859
    Abstract: An interocclusal appliance is formed from a single polymer material composition as one unitary piece or from multiple polymer material compositions as a two-piece preform. The two-piece preform includes a base material and an impression material that has a softening point lower than the base material. Teeth are received into the heat-softened impression material, so as to contour the impression material. A portion of the impression material also may contour to a portion of the user's palate. In certain embodiments, substantially no polymeric material contacts the front surfaces of the front teeth, leading to greater comfort and better air flow between front teeth. In still another embodiment, the appliance fits over front teeth only and no polymeric material contacts the maxillary molars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hayloft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank M. Lesniak
  • Patent number: 8316857
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in treating a breathing condition includes a first dental arch, a second dental arch, two bodies coupled to the first dental arch, and two receivers coupled to the second dental arch. The first dental arch is configured to receive at least some of a wearer's teeth. The second dental arch is configured to receive at least some of a wearer's teeth. Each body includes a front stop, a rear stop, a threaded member, and a hook. The threaded member is configured to be coupled between the front stop and rear stop of the body and configured to rotate relative to the body. The hook comprises a threaded passage configured to engage the threaded member, and an arm configured to engage a second dental arch. The hook is configured to travel between the front stop and rear stop of the body in response to rotational adjustment of the threaded member to adjust the lower dental arch relative to the upper dental arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: AirWay Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: W. Keith Thornton
  • Publication number: 20120295212
    Abstract: A therapeutic dental mouthpiece-forming substrate includes: a flexible board on which an electrical component used for dental arch treatment is mounted; and a thermosoftening resin sheet in which the flexible board is embedded in an airtight or watertight state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takumi Sakimura, Shogo Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20120295211
    Abstract: An appliance and methods are described that include embodiments of a mandibular advancement or positioning device which can use elastic bands to pull the jaw forward. The appliance has an upper plastic tray conforming to the patient's upper teeth and including a set of retention hooks coupled to the upper plastic tray via being encased in plastic, one on the right and one on the left anterior buccal portion of an upper plastic base. The appliance also has a lower plastic tray conforming to the patient's lower teeth and has a set of bite pads integrated with a second set of plastic retention hooks encased in plastic extending outwardly from the tooth. The appliance includes the upper and lower plastic trays and specially formed elastic bands of a plurality of lengths and strengths replaceably attached to the retention hooks on both sides of the trays to pull the mandible forward for treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: FRANTZ DESIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Lee Frantz, Donald E. Fratz
  • Patent number: 8312884
    Abstract: An intra-oral device used for people that snore or have sleep apnea is designed to move a user's lower jaw forward relative to the user's immovable upper jaw and to prevent the user's mouth from inadvertently opening while sleeping. The device includes upper and lower appliances fitted to the user's respective upper and lower dental arches. The lower appliance possesses a partially embedded bracket. An adjustment element is integrated into the upper portion of the bracket. With the user's mouth closed and the upper and lower appliances positioned over the user's respective dental arches, the adjustment element is moved rearward by worm action into load bearing contact against the forward facing immovable vertical contact wall of the upper appliance. This action moves the lower appliance forward, and thus, the user's lower jaw with its anatomically attached tongue are also moved forward relative to the mouth which in turn opens the user's airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Brian D Fuselier
  • Publication number: 20120282565
    Abstract: A method of making an orthodontic appliance for repositioning teeth or as a retainer according to the present invention includes preparing a dental model for the fabrication of an orthodontic aligner, placing the dental model on a thermo-forming machine, thermoforming a soft flexible material onto the dental model, the soft flexible material having adhesive material covered by release liner, on the side facing away from the portion of the dental model to which it is thermoformed, trimming off excess soft flexible material from the dental model, peeling off the release liner to expose the adhesive material, applying a predetermined length of flexible tension strain material to the adhesive side of the soft flexible material, thermoforming a harder, more rigid material over the soft flexible material which has the flexible tension strain material attached, and trimming the excess hard material from the dental model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Loren S. Adell
  • Patent number: 8303302
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein provide apparatus and methods for forming and coupling an attachment device onto one or more teeth. A system comprises a template including a shell having a cavity defining a shape that is operable to receive one or more teeth. The template comprises an aperture at one or more predetermined locations. The aperture defines an aperture perimeter. The system further comprises one or more attachment molds. Each attachment mold comprises a mold bore therethrough. The attachment mold further includes a mold perimeter surface that defines a predetermined shape, wherein each of the aperture perimeters being operable to receive and cooperate with the mold perimeter surface of one of the attachment molds. Each mold bore being operable for providing a mold for forming an attachment device coupled to a tooth of a desired shape and orientation from curable material that may be disposed within the mold bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Russell C. Teasdale
  • Patent number: 8297286
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to the use of a musculoskeletal repositioning device in physical rehabilitation and athletic training by causing increased muscular strength and power and decreased muscular tension especially during the physical rehabilitation and athletic training. The device guides the condyles and articulating discs of the temporomandibular joint from a neutral or passive position into an active power position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: RampUP, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald N. Smernoff
  • Publication number: 20120270173
    Abstract: Apparatus for repositioning teeth from an initial tooth arrangement to a final tooth arrangement, comprising a series of individual appliances comprising an introductory appliance that conforms to the initial tooth position, and remaining appliances of the series designed to incrementally reposition the teeth from an initial tooth arrangement, through a plurality of intermediate tooth arrangements (if there are any), and to a final tooth arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Willis Pumphrey, Jarrett Pumphrey, Paul Dinh
  • Patent number: 8292617
    Abstract: Methods and devices utilizing a dental appliance for dental retainer wire attachment are disclosed. One such wire attachment appliance includes a shell having one or more cavities formed therein and shaped to receive one or more teeth, at least two wire attachment members provided on the shell, and at least one attachment material reservoir provided on the shell, wherein the attachment material is provided to attach a wire to a tooth adjacent to a particular reservoir of the at least one attachment material reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Brandt, Rick M. Matty
  • Publication number: 20120251970
    Abstract: A convertible oral bite plate appliance has at least one removable occusal shim attached and conforming to the outer surface of a base. The removable occlusal shim is preferably attached by complementary ribs and grooves on the lingual and buccal/labial portions of the occlusal shim and the base. Elastic bands may optionally be used to connect the maxillary and mandibular occlusal shims to pull the lower jaw anteriorly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas Awde
  • Patent number: 8277215
    Abstract: A non-custom, tray-shaped dental treatment device includes a moisture-resistant barrier layer having a front side wall and a bottom wall, and a dental treatment composition. In addition, the tray-shaped dental treatment device includes at least one of the following anatomical features to enhance the fit of the device: (1) the bottom wall includes a plurality of cuts positioned to help the bottom wall better conform to abrupt changes in the diameters of a person's teeth where the bicuspids and canines meet, and/or (2) the bottom wall includes at least one V-shaped or U-shaped indentation configured to be inserted into the depression typically found along the top surfaces of a person's molars, and/or (3) the front side wall and bottom wall include radii of curvature that account for typical flaring of a patient's incisors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce S. McLean, Dan E. Fischer, Peter M. Allred
  • Patent number: 8272866
    Abstract: A removable orthodontic appliance and methods of use and manufacturing of the removable orthodontic appliance for repositioning teeth of an upper jaw or lower jaw are provided. The removable orthodontic appliance comprises a trough shaped arch tray that defines an interstitial space between the sides of the arch tray for accommodating the teeth. The arch tray form fits over the contours of the teeth of the upper jaw or lower jaw from a first molar region through a second molar region. The arch tray extends down the teeth on a labial surface and a lingual surface of the teeth to the gingival areas. One or more arch wires are infused and rigidly anchored within the lingual side of the arch tray. Each of the arch wires comprises a surface pre-infused with a polymeric material for rigidly bonding to the lingual side of the arch tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: James Jiwen Chun, Angela Soyoung Chun, Jennifer Miseong Chun