Method and system for incrementally moving teeth

CAFC
  • US 6,626,666 B2
  • Filed: 01/08/2001
  • Issued: 09/30/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for producing a plurality of digital data sets representing a series of discrete tooth arrangements progressing from an initial to a final arrangement, said method comprising:

  • providing a computer system;

    providing to the computer system an initial digital data set representing an initial tooth arrangement;

    defining boundaries about at least some of the individual teeth on a visual image provided by the computer system based on the initial data set;

    moving at least some of the tooth boundaries relative to the other teeth in the visual image to produce a final data set; and

    producing using the computer system a plurality of successive digital data sets based on both of the previously provided initial and final digital data sets, wherein said plurality of successive digital data sets represents a series of successive tooth arrangements progressing from the initial tooth arrangement to the final tooth arrangement.

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