Align Technology. has filed a patent for a dental treatment method involving digital models of a patient’s oral cavity. The system includes an intraoral scanner and computer instructions to identify oral problems based on stained locations. GlobalData’s report on Align Technology gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Align Technology, Digital intra-oral scanning was a key innovation area identified from patents. Align Technology's grant share as of January 2024 was 58%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Dental treatment system for identifying oral problems using digital models

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Align Technology Inc

A newly filed patent (Publication Number: US20240033056A1) describes a system for dental treatment that includes an intraoral scanner and a non-transitory computer-readable medium with instructions for generating digital models of a patient's oral cavity. The method involves identifying oral problems by comparing initial and updated digital models that include data representing stained locations on the patient's oral cavity. The system can track changes in the oral problem over time intervals and generate diagnostic data based on these comparisons. The oral problems targeted by the system include dental caries, plaque, or demineralization of the patient's dentition. The digital models also include surface topography and color data of the patient's oral cavity, with stains applied to the teeth to highlight specific issues.

Furthermore, the system can detect defects in a patient's dentition, generate updated digital models with stained locations on the teeth, and create a defects model based on these comparisons. By applying stains that are absorbed by dental caries, plaque, or demineralization, the system can effectively identify and track changes in the oral problems over time. The method also involves generating near-infrared, ultraviolet, or fluorescence data of the defect in the initial digital model. Overall, this innovative system offers a comprehensive approach to dental treatment by utilizing digital technology to enhance the diagnosis and monitoring of oral health issues, providing valuable insights for effective treatment strategies.

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