Custom orthodontic appliance forming method and apparatus

  • US 6,616,444 B2
  • Filed: 06/11/2001
  • Issued: 09/09/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for use in the orthodontic correction of malocclused teeth of a patient in accordance with the individual anatomy of the patient and a prescription of an orthodontic practitioner for treatment of the patient, the method comprising:

  • generating data by scanning shapes of the teeth of a patient;

    displaying a graphic representation of the teeth of the patient with a computer from the generated data; and

    through an operator interacting with a computer located remote from the orthodontic practitioner, altering the graphic representation to arrange a plurality of the teeth in relation to each other in accordance with the prescription, to produce a digital model of a desired arrangement of the teeth of the patient that includes data of the shapes of a plurality of the teeth positioned relative to each other.

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