Patent Number: 6,168,429

Title: Orthodontic bracket insert

Abstract: An insert for generic or custom preadjusted edgewise brackets. The device is formed of metallic material or synthetic material, or resilient elastomeric material. The device will capture and retain the orthodontic archwire into the archwire slot of the orthodontic edgewise bracket. The device includes a region aligned with the archwire slot in the edgewise bracket to position, but not frictionally interfere with the archwire, because it does not put pressure on the archwire, but creates a tunnel for the archwire to easily slide through. The crescent shaped horizontal anchors defined on the device cooperate with the underside of the tiewings on the edgewise bracket to maintain the device in position. The crescent shape provides room for other ancillary devices to be placed on the bracket and secured behind the tiewings when the device is in place. The laterally extending wings covering and extending beyond the archwire slot also provide increased rotational control of the teeth, and act as a sheath over the archwire so that ancillary devices when placed on the bracket will not create friction. The device is placed on the edgewise brackets or removed at the discretion of the dental practitioner.

Inventors: Brown; William Burns Terrell (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

Assignee: Jelaga Incorporated

International Classification: A61C 7/00 (20060101); A61C 7/28 (20060101); A61C 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018