SmileDirectClub has filed a patent for a system that uses machine learning to generate a three-dimensional (3D) model of a user’s dental arch. The system receives dental images, applies them to a machine learning model, and outputs the 3D model to computing devices. The patent claims a method for this process. GlobalData’s report on SmileDirectClub 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 SmileDirectClub, Digital intra-oral scanning was a key innovation area identified from patents. SmileDirectClub's grant share as of September 2023 was 39%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

The patent is filed for a system and method for generating a 3d model of a dental arch using machine learning

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A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230281943A1) describes a method for generating a three-dimensional (3D) model of a dental arch using machine learning. The method involves receiving dental images of the dental arch and applying them to a machine learning model to generate the 3D model. The machine learning model is trained using training images or 3D training models. The generated 3D model can be outputted to computing devices for further analysis or use.

The patent also includes additional claims and features. One claim specifies that the dental images can include dental impressions or images of the dental arch. Another claim describes the generation of a second 3D model based on the first 3D model of the dental arch. The machine learning model can be trained using training images and 3D training models. The patent also mentions the merging of multiple 3D models to create a merged model.

Furthermore, the patent discusses the generation of a user interface for rendering the 3D model on a user device. The user can manipulate the model tooth of the 3D model to reposition it, and an updated 3D model can be transmitted to a manufacturing computer system for creating a dental aligner. The user interface can also display multiple stages of a treatment plan based on the 3D model.

The patent also describes a system that includes a model generation system for receiving dental images and generating the 3D model using machine learning. The system can output the 3D model to computing devices. The system can also merge multiple 3D models and generate a user interface for rendering the 3D model on a user device.

Additionally, the patent mentions a non-transitory computer-readable media that contains instructions for executing the method. These instructions, when executed by one or more processors, allow for the reception of dental images, generation of the 3D model using machine learning, and outputting of the 3D model to computing devices.

Overall, this patent presents a method, system, and computer-readable media for generating a 3D model of a dental arch using machine learning. The method allows for the manipulation of the model tooth and the display of treatment plans, while the system facilitates the generation of the 3D model and the rendering of a user interface.

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