US 10,888,396 B2
Intraoral appliances with proximity and contact sensing
Yaser Shanjani, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Bruce Cam, San Jose, CA (US); Jun Sato, San Jose, CA (US); John Y. Morton, San Jose, CA (US); Victor Chen, Mountain View, CA (US); Chunhua Li, Cupertino, CA (US); Allen R. Boronkay, San Jose, CA (US); and Srinivas Kaza, Mountain View, CA (US)
Assigned to Align Technology, Inc., San Jose, CA (US)
Filed by Align Technology, Inc., San Jose, CA (US)
Filed on Nov. 11, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/680,393.
Application 16/680,393 is a continuation of application No. 15/625,872, filed on Jun. 16, 2017, granted, now 10,470,847.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/483,283, filed on Apr. 7, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/351,391, filed on Jun. 17, 2016.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/351,516, filed on Jun. 17, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2020/0093571 A1, Mar. 26, 2020
Int. Cl. A61C 7/00 (2006.01); H04B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/0488 (2006.01); A61B 5/08 (2006.01); A61C 7/08 (2006.01); H04Q 9/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61C 7/002 (2013.01) [A61B 5/0015 (2013.01); A61B 5/0488 (2013.01); A61B 5/0816 (2013.01); A61B 5/4818 (2013.01); A61B 5/682 (2013.01); A61C 7/08 (2013.01); H04B 5/00 (2013.01); H04B 5/0031 (2013.01); H04B 5/0056 (2013.01); H04B 5/0081 (2013.01); H04Q 9/00 (2013.01); H04Q 2209/43 (2013.01); H04Q 2209/50 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device for monitoring usage of an intraoral appliance, the device comprising:
one or more deflectable structures formed with or coupled to the intraoral appliance, wherein the one or more deflectable structures are shaped to be deflected when the intraoral appliance is worn on a patient's teeth; and
a sensor configured to generate sensor data indicative of deflection of the one or more deflectable structures; and
a processor operably coupled to the sensor and configured to process the sensor data so as to determine whether the intraoral appliance is being worn on a patient's teeth.