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Digital dental modeling

Embodiments are provided for digital dental modeling. One method embodiment includes receiving a three-dimensional data set including a first jaw and a second jaw of a three-dimensional digital dental model and receiving a two-dimensional data set corresponding to at least a portion of the first jaw and the second jaw. ... Align Technology Inc

Adaptive orthodontic treatment

A processing device receives image data of an actual condition of a patient's dental arch at an intermediate stage of a multistage orthodontic treatment plan. The processing device compares the image data of the actual condition of the patient's dental arch to a planned condition of the patient's dental arch for the intermediate stage. ... Align Technology Inc

Mold with weakened areas

A mold includes a first section, a second section, and a weakened region that joins the first section to the second section. The weakened region is breakable, deflectable, or deformable in response to a first threshold force to enable the first section to be removed from a shell independently of the second section after the shell is formed over the mold. ... Align Technology Inc

Mold with separable features

A mold includes a main body and a separable feature. One or more first weakened regions join the separable feature to the main body. ... Align Technology Inc

Compact confocal dental scanning apparatus

Described herein are apparatuses and methods for confocal 3d scanning. The apparatus can comprise a spatial pattern disposed on a transparent base and a light source configured to provide illumination to the spatial pattern and an optical system comprising projection/imaging optics having one or more lenses and an optical axis. ... Align Technology Inc

Augmented reality planning and viewing of dental treatment outcomes

A processing device generates a visual overlay comprising a virtual model of a dental arch that represents a treatment outcome for the dental arch. The processing device outputs the visual overlay to an augmented reality (ar) display or virtual reality (vr) display. ... Align Technology Inc

Dental appliance etch template

The present disclosure provides methods, devices, and systems that utilize dental appliance etch templates prior to or during dental treatment. One dental appliance etch template includes a removable shell having one or more cavities formed therein, where the one or more cavities are shaped to receive teeth of a patient, and the shell includes a well, the well including a wafer, where the wafer includes etch material to etch a tooth of the patient.. ... Align Technology Inc

Augmented reality enhancements for dental practitioners

A system comprises a scanner, an augmented reality (ar) display and a computing device. The scanner generates intraoral images of a dental arch and the ar display generates additional image data representative of a view from a wearer of the ar display. ... Align Technology Inc

Augmented reality enhancements for dental practitioners

A system comprises a scanner, an augmented reality (ar) display and a computing device. The scanner generates intraoral images of a dental arch and the ar display generates additional image data representative of a view from a wearer of the ar display. ... Align Technology Inc

Aligners with enhanced gable bends

Systems, methods, and devices for improved orthodontic treatment of a patient's teeth are provided herein. In some aspects, a method for fabricating an orthodontic appliance for treating a patient's teeth is disclosed. ... Align Technology Inc

Matching assets in 3d treatment plans

Systems and methods for improved orthodontic treatment of a patient's teeth are provided herein. A method for treating malocclusions of a patient's teeth is disclosed. ... Align Technology Inc

Treatment analysis systems and methods

A dental treatment planning system includes an input form to receive one or more dental patient inputs; and an engine adapted to receive the dental patient data from the input form and validating the dental patient data in a predetermined sequence. . ... Align Technology Inc

Dental appliance features for speech enhancement

Provided herein are orthodontic devices and methods for patients whose orthodontic devices are causing a lisp. The device can comprise an aligner configured to fit over a patient's dental arch and comprising an occlusal surface section positioned over an occlusal surface of the patient's teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

Methods and apparatuses for customizing a rapid palatal expander

Methods for designing and fabrication of a series of apparatuses for expanding a patient's palate (“palatal expanders”). In particular, described herein are methods and apparatuses for forming palatal expanders, including rapid palatal expanders, as well as series of palatal expanders formed as described herein and apparatuses for designing and fabricating them.. ... Align Technology Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153648

Palatal expanders and methods of expanding a palate

Palatal expander apparatuses for expanding a patient's palate (“palatal expanders”) and methods of using and making them. These palatal expanders may be configured to have a variable surface smoothness on one side (e.g., the lingual-facing surface) compared to the opposite side (e.g., the palatal-facing surface). ... Align Technology Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153409

Identification of areas of interest during intraoral scans

A processing device receives a first virtual 3d model and a second virtual 3d model, each comprising one or more teeth of a patient. The processing device compares the first virtual 3d model to the second virtual 3d model and determines, as a result of the comparing, a difference between the first virtual 3d model and the second virtual 3d model at a dental site comprising a tooth of the one or more teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

05/24/18 / #20180140394

Digital dental tray

A digital dental tray system is described including a dental tray shaped to at least partially surround a plurality of teeth and a plurality of three-dimensional (3d) optical imaging elements attached to the dental tray. Each of the 3d optical imaging elements comprises a structured light projector to project a light pattern onto one or more teeth of the plurality of teeth and a camera to capture an image of the one or more teeth.. ... Align Technology Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132981

Method and system for fabricating a dental coping, and a coping fabricated thereby

A wax model of a required coping is produced using cnc machining techniques based on a virtual model of the coping created from digital data obtained from the intraoral cavity. The dental coping is then fabricated from the wax model.. ... Align Technology Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132975

Dental appliance with repositioning jaw elements

The present disclosure provides method, computing device readable medium, and devices for dental appliances with repositioning jaw elements. An example of a method can include identifying a misaligned jaw of a patient from a virtual image of the patient's jaw, and providing a treatment plan for the patient including a virtual model of a dental appliance having a first shell and a second shell configured to reposition at least one tooth of the patient. ... Align Technology Inc

05/10/18 / #20180126626

Systems and methods for varying elastic modulus appliances

The present invention provides improved devices, systems and methods for repositioning teeth from an initial tooth arrangement to a final tooth arrangement. Repositioning is accomplished with a system comprising a series of polymeric shell appliances configured to receive the teeth and incrementally reposition individual teeth in a series of successive steps. ... Align Technology Inc

05/10/18 / #20180125610

Methods and apparatuses for dental images

Described herein are methods and apparatuses to obtain an image, or a set of images, of a patient's teeth from one or more predetermined viewing angles. These methods and apparatuses may include the use an overlay comprising an outline of teeth for each predetermined viewing angle. ... Align Technology Inc

05/03/18 / #20180116762

Mold and aligner with cut line markings

Embodiments relate to adding customized cut line information to a shell that is to be formed over mold of a dental arch. In one embodiment, a cut line is determined for the shell. ... Align Technology Inc

04/19/18 / #20180104022

System and method for positioning three-dimensional brackets on teeth

System and methods for positioning 3d virtual brackets on teeth for the precise positioning of conventional brackets and wire. Various reference features may be calculated for the teeth and used to calculate a position for the virtual bracket. ... Align Technology Inc

04/12/18 / #20180098826

System and method for digital tooth imaging

Method and system for managing multiple impressions of a patient's jaw for an orthodontic treatment is provided. The method includes scanning at least a first impression and a second impression of same jaw for the orthodontic treatment; determining if the first jaw impression and the second jaw impression have distortion in different areas; selecting the first jaw impression or the second jaw impression as a base impression; and replacing a distorted tooth data from the base impression with data for the same tooth from a non-base impression. ... Align Technology Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096465

Motion compensation in a three dimensional scan

The present disclosure provides computing device implemented methods, computing device readable media, and systems for motion compensation in a three dimensional scan. Motion compensation can include receiving three-dimensional (3d) scans of a dentition, estimating a motion trajectory from one scan to another, and calculating a corrected scan by compensating for the motion trajectory. ... Align Technology Inc

04/05/18 / #20180092715

Automated treatment staging for teeth

Apparatus, system, and methods for utilizing one or more computing devices to stage the movement of teeth during an alignment treatment are disclosed. The computing device receives an electronic representation of the patient's teeth in their initial position and an electronic representation of the teeth a final position for each tooth. ... Align Technology Inc

04/05/18 / #20180092714

Automated treatment staging for teeth

Apparatus, system, and methods for utilizing one or more computing devices to stage the movement of teeth during an alignment treatment are disclosed. The computing device receives an electronic representation of the patient's teeth in their initial position and an electronic representation of the teeth a final position for each tooth. ... Align Technology Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089391

Prioritization of three dimensional dental elements

The present disclosure includes methods, systems, and devices for prioritization of three dimensional dental elements. One method for prioritizing three dimensional dental elements includes receiving a virtual initial dental data set (idds) of teeth having spatial information regarding the positions of a number of teeth in the virtual idds with respect to each other for presentation of the teeth in a virtual three dimensional space to be viewed on a user interface, setting prioritization values of a number of elements of one or more of the number of teeth, and prioritizing the number of elements to be selected by a user based upon their prioritization values.. ... Align Technology Inc

03/29/18 / #20180085202

Methods, systems and accessories useful for procedures relating to dental implants

A method and system are provided for manufacturing a physical dental model. A virtual model is provided representative of at least a portion of the intra-oral cavity including at least one dental implant implanted therein, and the virtual model includes a virtual portion representative of each dental implant. ... Align Technology Inc

03/15/18 / #20180071056

Tabbed dental appliance

Embodiments include dental appliances, dental appliance systems, and methods of making and using such appliances. In one embodiment, a dental appliance includes a number of tooth apertures for the placement of teeth therein and a tab representing a position of a tooth that has not fully erupted and oriented to be received over the position of the tooth that has not fully erupted.. ... Align Technology Inc

03/15/18 / #20180071055

Dental positioning appliance having metallic portion

Embodiments are provided for utilizing metallic portions in dental positioning appliances. One embodiment includes a removable dental positioning appliance having a shell having one or more cavities shaped to receive and reposition one or more teeth from a first orientation to a successive orientation and where at least a portion of the shell is formed from a metallic mesh material.. ... Align Technology Inc

03/08/18 / #20180064514

Estimating a surface texture of a tooth

Embodiments for estimating a surface texture of a tooth are described herein. One method embodiment includes collecting a sequence of images utilizing multiple light conditions using an intra-oral imaging device and estimating the surface texture of the tooth based on the sequence of images.. ... Align Technology Inc

03/01/18 / #20180055602

Arch expanding appliance

The present disclosure provides method, systems, and devices for expanding arch of teeth. A device for expanding an arch of teeth of a patient can include a removable shell formed of a first material having a number of cavities formed therein. ... Align Technology Inc

03/01/18 / #20180055600

Method to visualize and manufacture aligner by modifying tooth position

Orthodontic systems and related methods are disclosed for designing and providing improved or more effective tooth moving systems for eliciting a desired tooth movement and/or repositioning teeth into a desired arrangement. Methods and orthodontic systems include the generation of an overcorrection in the tooth-receiving cavities of an appliance worn in the dentition. ... Align Technology Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039755

Virtually testing force placed on a tooth

Embodiments of the present disclosure include computing device related, system, and method embodiments for virtually testing force placed on a tooth are described herein. One method embodiment includes receiving initial orthodontic data (iod) of teeth, and receiving a desired position of a tooth contained in the iod. ... Align Technology Inc

02/08/18 / #20180036623

Sequential sports guard

The present invention provides protective repositioning appliances, accommodating mouth guards, and covering guards that protect an orthodontic patient against impact-induced injuries, as well as related systems and methods. A protective appliance can include teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and reposition a patient's teeth and can include an occlusal portion having an impact-absorbing compliance. ... Align Technology Inc

02/01/18 / #20180028065

Methods for dental diagnostics

Methods and apparatuses for generating a model of a subject's teeth. Described herein are intraoral scanning methods and apparatuses for generating a three-dimensional model of a subject's intraoral region (e.g., teeth) including both surface features and internal features. ... Align Technology Inc

01/25/18 / #20180021115

Virtual and physical dental models of dental surfaces and analog socket structure of a dental implant and related procedures

A system and method are provided for manufacturing a physical model of a dental structure that includes a dental implant. In at least one example, the physical model is configured to allow a dental analog can be inserted into the physical model in a in general coronal direction. ... Align Technology Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005371

Historical scan reference for intraoral scans

During an intraoral scan session, a processing device receives a plurality of intraoral images of a dental site. The processing device determines that a historical template of the dental site is existent and registers a first intraoral image of the plurality of intraoral images to the historical template at a first region of the dental site depicted in the historical template. ... Align Technology Inc

01/04/18 / #20180000564

Insertable and prefabricated attachments for an oral appliance

A plastic shell such as an orthodontic aligner has an interior shape that substantially conforms to a current or future dental arch of a patient. The plastic shell includes a hollow feature comprising a cavity. ... Align Technology Inc

12/28/17 / #20170372032

Prosthodontic and orthodontic apparatus and methods

System and method for developing a treatment plan for achieving a treatment goal including creating a virtual model of a dental patient's dentition; transforming the virtual model of the dentition using virtual prosthodontics to facilitate achievement of the treatment goal; transforming the virtual model of the dentition using virtual orthodontics to facilitate achievement of the treatment goal; iterating on the transforming steps until substantially achieving the treatment goal; and generating an orthodontic treatment plan and a prosthodontic treatment plan based upon the substantially achieved treatment goal. . ... Align Technology Inc

11/30/17 / #20170340415

Dental appliance with cavity for an unerupted or erupting tooth

A method includes to receive, via a computing device, data representing a plurality of teeth, identify data indicating which of the plurality of teeth are unerupted or erupting, predict at least one characteristic of a tooth of the unerupted or erupting teeth after they have fully erupted using one or more tooth eruption prediction factors, generate new data representing the unerupted or erupting teeth in multiple states of eruption based upon the predicted at least one characteristic of the fully erupted teeth, and generate a series of incremental tooth arrangements with the new data to define a proposed orthodontic treatment based on the new data representing the unerupted or erupting teeth in multiple states of eruption.. . ... Align Technology Inc

11/16/17 / #20170328704

Chromatic confocal system

A system for determining surface topography of a three-dimensional structure is provided. The system can include an illumination unit configured to output a two-dimensional array of light beams each comprising a plurality of wavelengths. ... Align Technology Inc

11/09/17 / #20170319296

Dental attachment placement structure

The present disclosure provides methods, computing device readable medium, devices, and systems having a dental attachment placement structure. One dental attachment placement apparatus includes a body having an attachment placement surface that is to be placed on an attachment affixing surface of a tooth and wherein the attachment placement surface includes a portion that is shaped to allow placement of an attachment at a particular position on the affixing surface of the tooth and a portion of the body having a contour that is shaped to correspond with a contour of an alignment surface of a tooth and when the contour of the body and the corresponding contour is aligned, the attachment is located at the particular position and can be secured to the affixing surface of the tooth.. ... Align Technology Inc

11/09/17 / #20170319294

Shape engineered aligner - auto shaping

The present invention relates to orthodontic positioning appliances and related methods. An appliance in accordance with the present invention has teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to the patient's teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

10/26/17 / #20170307875

Lens positioning system

A scanner includes a lens assembly comprising a lens having a lens axis and a positioning system to adjust a focal plane of the lens assembly. The positioning system includes an outer element, an inner element that houses the lens assembly, and a linear-motion bearing that couples the inner element to the outer element. ... Align Technology Inc

10/26/17 / #20170304030

Viewfinder with real-time tracking for intraoral scanning

Methods and systems for scanning an intraoral cavity of a patient provide capturing one or more viewfinder images of the intraoral cavity and scanning the intraoral cavity with an intraoral scanner to generate one or more topography scans of the intraoral cavity. The one or more topography scans may correspond to the one or more viewfinder images. ... Align Technology Inc

10/26/17 / #20170304025

Attachment structure

A series of appliances including a first shell and a second shell can be designed to incrementally implement a treatment plan. The first and second shells can have cavities designed to receive teeth of a jaw. ... Align Technology Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273760

Systems, methods, and devices for predictable orthodontic treatment

A system for generating a treatment plan for repositioning a plurality of teeth comprises instructions to receive a digital data set representing the plurality of teeth, and determine a movement trajectory for repositioning, each tooth from an initial position and orientation towards a target position and orientation. The movement trajectory of at least one tooth comprises movement along a plurality of different directions. ... Align Technology Inc

09/28/17 / #20170273759

System for determining final position of teeth

An apparatus and method define a fit of a set of upper and lower teeth of a patient by generating a computer representation of the teeth; and determining an occlusion from the computer representation of the teeth using one or more keys.. . ... Align Technology Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270238

Method and system for providing automated high scale fabrication of custom items

Method and system for providing volume manufacturing of customizable items including receiving a data package including a plurality of manufacturing parameters, each of the plurality of manufacturing parameters associated with a unique item, verifying the received data package, and implementing a manufacturing process associated with the received data package is provided.. . ... Align Technology Inc

09/21/17 / #20170265970

Field curvature model for confocal imaging apparatus with curved focal surface

A computing device comprises a processor that uses a field curvature model that is calibrated to a confocal imaging apparatus. The processor receives intensity measurements generated by pixels of a detector of the confocal imaging apparatus. ... Align Technology Inc

09/14/17 / #20170258555

Adjusting a tooth position

The present disclosure provides methods, devices, and systems for adjusting a tooth position. A system for adjusting a tooth position can include an attachment configured to be attached to a tooth to be moved, a dental appliance including a guide slot configured to receive the attachment and to define an adjustment trajectory of the tooth, and an adjustment band to generate force on the tooth to move the tooth along the adjustment trajectory.. ... Align Technology Inc

09/07/17 / #20170252132

Probe head and apparatus for intraoral confocal imaging using polarization-retarding coatings

A probe head for dental confocal imaging, comprises a light-guiding part for guiding a light beam towards a teeth portion, the light-guiding part having an entrance face through which the light beam enters the light-guiding part and an exit face through which the light beam exits the light-guiding part, wherein the light-guiding part is configured, in case of a linearly polarized light beam having two polarization components being perpendicular to each other, to change polarization of the linearly polarized light beam on its path through the light-guiding part in such a way that one of the two polarization components, compared to the other of the two polarization components, is retarded by an odd multiple of a quarter of a wavelength of the light beam along the path from the entrance face to the exit face.. . ... Align Technology Inc

08/31/17 / #20170248412

Confocal surface topography measurement with fixed focal positions

An apparatus is described for measuring surface topography of a three-dimensional structure. In many embodiments, the apparatus is configured to focus each of a plurality of light beams to a respective fixed focal position relative to the apparatus. ... Align Technology Inc

08/17/17 / #20170231722

Variable direction tooth attachments

Tooth attachments are provided comprising one or more convex surfaces for engagement by a surface of an orthodontic appliance. Polymeric shell appliances are provided in which the polymeric shell appliances are configured to provide one or more activation forces to facilitate tooth movement. ... Align Technology Inc

08/10/17 / #20170224448

Methods and systems for dental procedures

A device including a coded pattern for use in dental procedures is provided. Related methods and systems are also provided.. ... Align Technology Inc

08/10/17 / #20170224442

Method and system for dental visualization

In particular embodiments, method, apparatus and system for receiving digital representations of the initial parameters of a dentition; simulating a first orthodontic treatment process on the digital representations of the initial parameters, displaying a set of output results from the simulation of the first orthodontic treatment process, simulating a second orthodontic treatment process on the output results from the simulation of the first orthodontic treatment process, and displaying a set of output results from the simulation of the second orthodontic treatment process are provided.. . ... Align Technology Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222404

Vcsel based low coherence emitter for confocal 3d scanner

Methods and apparatus for measuring objects comprise a plurality of light sources to generate a plurality of light beams directed toward a spot generator array comprising a plurality of spot generating lenses. The plurality of light sources is separated from the spot generator array with a separation distance sufficient to overlap the plurality of light beams at each of the spot generating lenses. ... Align Technology Inc

08/03/17 / #20170215998

System and method for scanning an intraoral cavity

According to the invention, a method and system are provided for scanning, and for facilitating scanning of, an intraoral cavity. The target parts of the intraoral cavity that it is desired to have scanned are identified, and the spatial s relationships between a scanning device and the target parts of the intraoral cavity suitable for enabling said target parts to be scanned by said scanning device, are also identified or otherwise determined. ... Align Technology Inc

07/27/17 / #20170211972

Speckle reduction method and apparatus

An apparatus adapted for confocal imaging of a non-flat specimen comprising a coherent light source for producing a light beam, imaging optics adapted to focus the light beam into at least one spot on a surface of a specimen, and a detector adapted to receive and detect light reflected from the specimen surface. The imaging optics comprise at least one optical component located so that the light reflected from the specimen surface passes therethrough on its way to the detector. ... Align Technology Inc

07/20/17 / #20170202641

Multilayer dental appliances and related methods and systems

A dental appliance for positioning a patient's teeth includes a removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to directly receive at least some of the patient's teeth and apply a resilient positioning force to the patient's teeth. The appliance includes a hard polymer layer having a hard polymer layer elastic modulus disposed between a first soft polymer layer having a first soft polymer layer elastic modulus and a second soft polymer layer having a second soft polymer layer elastic modulus. ... Align Technology Inc

07/20/17 / #20170202640

Multilayer dental appliances and related methods and systems

A dental appliance for positioning a patient's teeth includes a removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to directly receive at least some of the patient's teeth and apply a resilient positioning force to the patient's teeth. The appliance includes a hard polymer layer having a hard polymer layer elastic modulus disposed between a first soft polymer layer having a first soft polymer layer elastic modulus and a second soft polymer layer having a second soft polymer layer elastic modulus. ... Align Technology Inc

07/13/17 / #20170196664

Method and apparatus for imaging three-dimensional structure

An apparatus for determining surface topology of a portion of a three-dimensional structure is provided, that includes a probe, a light emitter, focusing optics, a detector, and a processor.. . ... Align Technology Inc

06/15/17 / #20170165032

Dental attachment placement structure

The present disclosure provides methods, computing device readable medium, devices, and systems having a dental attachment placement structure. One dental attachment placement apparatus includes a body having an attachment placement surface that is to be placed on an attachment affixing surface of a tooth and wherein the attachment placement surface includes a portion that is shaped to allow placement of an attachment at a particular position on the affixing surface of the tooth and a portion of the body having a contour that is shaped to correspond with a contour of an alignment surface of a tooth and when the contour of the body and the corresponding contour is aligned, the attachment is located at the particular position and can be secured to the affixing surface of the tooth.. ... Align Technology Inc

06/08/17 / #20170156821

Arch expanding appliance

The present disclosure provides method, systems, and devices for expanding arch of teeth. A device for expanding an arch of teeth of a patient can include a removable shell formed of a first material having a number of cavities formed therein. ... Align Technology Inc

05/18/17 / #20170140511

Motion compensation in a three dimensional scan

The present disclosure provides computing device implemented methods, computing device readable media, and systems for motion compensation in a three dimensional scan. Motion compensation can include receiving three-dimensional (3d) scans of a dentition, estimating a motion trajectory from one scan to another, and calculating a corrected scan by compensating for the motion trajectory. ... Align Technology Inc

05/18/17 / #20170135793

Dental attachment formation structures

The present disclosure provides methods, computing device readable medium, devices, and systems having a dental attachment formation structures. One dental appliance includes a body having a first surface shaped to abut an exterior surface of a tooth and a well portion of the first surface shaped to form an attachment that is to be attached to the exterior surface of the tooth, a release layer formed over a surface of the well to allow the attachment to be removed from the well, and an attachment material that is used to form the attachment positioned within the well.. ... Align Technology Inc

05/18/17 / #20170135792

Dental attachment formation structure

The present disclosure provides methods, computing device readable medium, devices, and systems having a dental attachment formation structure. One dental attachment formation apparatus includes a body having a first surface shaped to conform to the contours of an exterior surface of a tooth and including a portion of the first surface shaped to accommodate an attachment that is to be attached to the exterior surface of the tooth and a light source attachment structure for attachment of a light source to the body.. ... Align Technology Inc

04/20/17 / #20170105815

Generating a dynamic three-dimensional occlusogram

Methods and systems for generating a three-dimensional occlusogram are disclosed. One method includes determining a virtual three dimensional (3d) mesh model object of at least one tooth of a patient and displaying the determined virtual 3d mesh model object of at least one tooth of a patient wherein the 3d mesh model object includes a plurality of data sets associated with a set of occlusal information for the at least one tooth of the patient.. ... Align Technology Inc

04/13/17 / #20170100220

Method for manipulating a dental virtual model, method for creating physical entities based on a dental virtual model thus manipulated, and dental models thus created

A 3d virtual model of an intra oral cavity in which at least a part of a finish line of a preparation is obscured is manipulated in virtual space by means of a computer or the like to create, recreate or reconstruct finish line data and other geometrical corresponding to the obscured part. Trimmed virtual models, and trimmed physical models, can then be created utilizing data thus created. ... Align Technology Inc

04/13/17 / #20170100213

Method and system for providing dynamic orthodontic assessment and treatment profiles

Method and system including receiving one or more parameters associated with an orthodontic condition, receiving a treatment goal information associated with the orthodontic condition, and providing a predefined template associated with the received treatment goal information, wherein the predefined template includes at least one orthodontic condition related information, are provided.. . ... Align Technology Inc

04/13/17 / #20170100212

Method and system for providing dynamic orthodontic assessment and treatment profiles

Method and system for displaying an orthodontic related image including one or more image segments, selecting one or more movement indicators associated with a corresponding one or more of the image segments, and dynamically displaying a modified orthodontic related image based on the selected one or more movement indicators are provided.. . ... Align Technology Inc

03/23/17 / #20170081054

System and method for packaging of mass-fabricated custom items

A system for packaging mass-customized items includes a computer system including a database containing item identification information unique to each item; (2) outer container identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each outer container in a plurality of outer containers; (3) inner pack identification apparatus that applies the item identification information received from the database to each inner pack in a plurality of inner packs; and (4) inner pack filling apparatus that fills each inner pack with a specific item matched to that inner pack by the item identification information received from the database. Each item is associated with its unique item identification information and is inserted into an inner pack with matching item identification information, and each outer container is presented for loading with one or more inner packs matched to that outer container by the item identification information received from the database.. ... Align Technology Inc

03/23/17 / #20170079749

Preventing interference between tooth models

Systems and methods are disclosed to prevent interference between two physical tooth models in a physical dental arch model by acquiring the coordinates of a plurality of points on the surfaces of each of the two physical tooth models and digitally representing the surfaces of each of the two physical tooth models by a mesh of points in three dimensions using the acquired coordinates. The meshes representing the surfaces of the two physical tooth models intersect at least at one point to form an overlapping portion. ... Align Technology Inc

03/16/17 / #20170071705

Dental implant positioning

Methods, devices, systems, and series of appliances are provided for dental implant positioning. One method for positioning an implant with dental treatment includes determining an implant location based on a virtual model of an optimized dental occlusion, moving one or more teeth using a first number of a series of dental appliances, from a first orientation to a second orientation, the second orientation exposing the implant location, placing an implant at the exposed implant location using a landmark included in at least one of the series of dental appliances, repositioning one or more teeth using a second number of the series of dental appliances, from the second orientation to a successive orientation.. ... Align Technology Inc

02/23/17 / #20170049330

Identification of areas of interest during intraoral scans

During an intraoral scan session, a processing device receives a first intraoral image of a dental site and identifies a candidate intraoral area of interest from the first intraoral image. The processing device receives a second intraoral image of the dental site and verifies the first candidate intraoral area of interest as an intraoral area of interest based on comparison of the second intraoral image to the first intraoral image. ... Align Technology Inc

02/23/17 / #20170049311

Photograph-based assessment of dental treatments and procedures

The current document is directed to methods and systems for monitoring a dental patient's progress during a course of treatment. A three-dimensional model of the expected positions of the patient's teeth can be projected, in time, from a three-dimensional model of the patient's teeth prepared prior to beginning the treatment. ... Align Technology Inc

02/02/17 / #20170027670

Apparatus and method for measuring surface topography optically

An apparatus is described for determining surface topography of a three-dimensional structure. The apparatus can include a probe and an illumination unit configured to output a plurality of light beams. ... Align Technology Inc

01/26/17 / #20170020637

Mounting system that maintains stability of optics as temperature changes

An optical system comprises a detector to determine one or more intensities of light impinging on one or more locations of the detector and an optical element to redirect light towards the detector along a detection axis. The detector and optical element are coupled together by three or more substantially flat flexures respectively defining three or more flexure planes parallel to the detection axis. ... Align Technology Inc

01/26/17 / #20170020633

Smile designer

Various methods and systems for designing a restored smile are provided. One method includes receiving scan data of a patient's teeth, developing a digital model of the patient's teeth via a computing device, where the model represents the patient's teeth based upon the scan data, creating a dental treatment plan to restore one or more teeth from an initial condition to a successive condition, and wherein a final condition of the one or more is based on the one or more teeth having at least one planned additional restorative tooth structure provided therewith.. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170008333

Dental appliance having ornamental design

A dental appliance having an integrally formed reservoir and/or an ornamental design integrated thereon. The ornamental design can be selected or customized by a patient. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007386

Systems, apparatuses and methods for substance delivery from dental appliance

A dental appliance having an integrally formed reservoir and/or an ornamental design integrated thereon. The ornamental design can be selected or customized by a patient. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007368

Direct fabrication of attachment templates with adhesive

Systems, methods, and devices for producing orthodontic appliances are provided. In one aspect, an orthodontic appliance comprises an outer shell comprising a plurality of cavities shaped to receive the patient's teeth and generate one or more of a force or a torque in response to the appliance being worn on the patient's teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007367

Direct fabrication of aligners for palate expansion and other applications

Systems, methods, and devices for producing appliances for expansion of the palate of a patient are provided. A palate expanding orthodontic appliance comprises a teeth engagement portion comprising a plurality of teeth engagement structures and a force generating portion coupled to the teeth engagement portion and configured to apply force to cause the patient's palate to expand. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007366

Direct fabrication of aligners for arch expansion

Systems, methods, and devices for producing appliances for expansion of the arch of a patient are provided. An arch expanding appliance comprises a force generating portion to apply an arch expansion force and a retention portion to hold the force generating portion on the teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007365

Direct fabrication of aligners with interproximal force coupling

Polymeric shell appliances are provided in which the polymeric shell appliances are configured to provide one or more activation forces to facilitate tooth movement. In many embodiments, the appliances comprise interproximal engagement structures to provide activation forces to interproximal tooth surfaces. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007364

Dual aligner assembly

A dual aligner assembly including a plurality of aligners, including a first aligner and a second aligner. The first aligner has a first shape corresponding to a set of target tooth positions and applies an orthodontic force against a set of target teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007363

Direct fabrication of power arms

Systems, methods, and devices for improved orthodontic treatment of a patient's teeth are provided herein.. . ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007362

Dental materials using thermoset polymers

Provided herein are crosslinked polymers useful in orthodontic appliances and light polymerizable liquid compositions and formulations useful for making crosslinked polymers. Also provided are methods of making an orthodontic appliance comprising a cross-linked polymer formed by a direct fabrication technique.. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007361

Multi-material aligners

Systems, methods, and devices for producing orthodontic appliances are provided. In one aspect, an orthodontic appliance comprises an outer shell comprising a plurality of cavities shaped to receive the patient's teeth and generate one or more of a force or a torque in response to the appliance being worn on the patient's teeth. ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007360

Systems, apparatuses and methods for dental appliances with integrally formed features

Systems, methods, and devices for improved orthodontic treatment of a patient's teeth are provided herein.. . ... Align Technology Inc

01/12/17 / #20170007359

Direct fabrication of orthodontic appliances with variable properties

Systems, methods, and devices for improved orthodontic treatment of a patient's teeth are providedherein.. . ... Align Technology Inc








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