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An orthodontic finishing positioner for maloccluded teeth to which are secured coupling members having portions protruding from the sides thereof, the positioner comprising an arcuate body of elastomer base material positioned about the teeth and coupling member of at least one dental arch and defining a recess for receiving teeth of at least one dental arch. The recess includes walls defining teeth-engaging surfaces shaped generally complementary to the surfaces of the teeth of the one dental arch when the teeth therein are positioned in a predetermined or ideal orientation. A series of indentations in the walls are disposed across the teeth-engaging surfaces, each indentation being shaped to nestingly accept a corresponding coupling member. When the positioner body is positioned within the patient's mouth and stretched about the teeth of the one dental arch so that the teeth thereof are received by the recess of the arcuate-shaped portion and each coupling member is accepted by a corresponding indentation, the stretched body effectively grasps the teeth and acts against the teeth and the coupling member to bias the teeth of the one arch toward the predetermined orientation. The positioner is constructed by forming a model of the teeth and coupling members of the one dental arch, repositioning the teeth-simulating portions of the model to a predetermined orientation and utilizing the model, with its repositioned teeth-simulating portions, as a standard for the formation of the desired positioner.

Title
Orthodontic finishing positioner and method of construction
Application Number
7/46087
Publication Number
4856991
Application Date
May 5, 1987
Publication Date
August 15, 1989
Inventor
Stephen P Warunek
West Seneca
NY, US
Gerard P Abbatte
Buffalo
NY, US
Peter R Breads
Grand Island
NY, US
Agent
Christel Bean & Linihan
Assignee
Great Lakes Orthodontics
NY, US
IPC
A61C 7/00
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