Pre-shaped dental trays and treatment devices and methods that utilize such dental trays

  • US 6,964,571 B2
  • Filed: 11/04/2003
  • Issued: 11/15/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A dental treatment device comprising:

  • a pre-shaped, non-custom dental tray suitable for placement over at least one of a person'"'"'s upper or lower dental arches, wherein the dental tray is formed from a thermoplastic material and comprises;

    at least two side walls defining a trough and having a substantially horseshoe-shaped configuration at least approximately corresponding to a person'"'"'s dental arch, wherein the at least two side walls are substantially devoid of structures corresponding to the size and shape of a person'"'"'s unique dentition so that the dental tray is designed to fit over a plurality of differently-sized dental arches corresponding to different people, wherein the at least two side walls have a thickness less than about 1 mm and are flexible so that, when the non-custom dental tray is placed over a person'"'"'s teeth, the tray can at least partially conform to the person'"'"'s teeth during use in order to approximate the comfort and fit of a custom dental tray without the need to formally customize the tray; and

    a quantity of a dental treatment composition loaded within the trough of the dental tray, the dental treatment composition being sufficiently viscous and sticky so that, when the dental tray is placed over a person'"'"'s teeth, the dental treatment composition will hold and retain the dental tray over the person'"'"'s teeth and cause the tray to at least partially conform to the person'"'"'s teeth.

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