Tooth path treatment plan

  • US 6,318,994 B1
  • Filed: 05/13/1999
  • Issued: 11/20/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/13/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for use in creating a plan to reposition a patient'"'"'s teeth from a set of initial tooth positions to a set of final tooth positions, the method comprising:

  • receiving an initial digital data set representing the teeth at the initial positions, wherein receiving the initial digital data set comprises receiving data obtained by scanning the patient'"'"'s teeth or a physical model thereof;

    receiving one or more constraints associated with the repositioning of the teeth; and

    generating a series of treatment path segments to move the teeth from the initial positions to the final positions in accordance with the constraints, wherein the segments are used to construct a series of orthodontic appliances, each appliance configured to move the patient'"'"'s teeth according to a treatment path segment.

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