Providing custom orthodontic treatment with appliance components from inventory

  • US 7,229,282 B2
  • Filed: 05/30/2003
  • Issued: 06/12/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/31/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of selecting orthodontic appliances comprising:

  • providing digital information that is a representation of individual dental anatomy of a patient;

    analyzing the digital information with a computer to derive geometric parameters of a custom orthodontic appliance;

    comparing the derived geometric parameters with corresponding parameters of a plurality of alternative pre-manufactured orthodontic appliances and selecting one of the plurality based on the comparison;

    wherein the providing of the digital information includes any one of the following;

    a) forming a physical impression of a patient'"'"'s teeth at a situs of an orthodontic practitioner, transporting the impression to an orthodontic appliance facility, forming at the orthodontic appliance facility a solid model of the patient'"'"'s teeth from the impression, scanning the model to produce three-dimensional digital information of the shape of the patient'"'"'s teeth;

    b) digitizing skeletal information of the patient;

    c) digitizing soft tissue information of the patient;

    d) digitizing dental information of the patient other than as set forth in a);

    ore) digitizing x-rays of skeletal, soft tissue or dental information of the patient; and

    wherein the analyzing of the digital information includes designing with a computer the orthodontic appliance that includes a custom orthodontic archwire and a set of custom orthodontic brackets to be bonded to each of a plurality of the patient'"'"'s teeth to support the archwire to achieve an arrangement of the patient'"'"'s teeth by orthodontic treatment.

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