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Internally-Illuminated Typodont

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000253602D
Publication Date: 2018-Apr-16
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Abstract

A typodont used for sales/marketing and/or educational purposes with an internal light source. The internal light source illuminates the teeth and/or installed appliance(s) for the purposes of attracting attention to the typodont and/or appliance(s) in an orthodontic clinic, retail store, or other space. Electrical power may be supplied to the typodont through inductive coupling or other wireless means, so that the typodont may be removed from its display and be shown without the complications of wires or batteries.

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Internally-Illuminated Typodont

Abstract

A typodont used for sales/marketing and/or educational purposes with an internal light source. The

internal light source illuminates the teeth and/or installed appliance(s) for the purposes of attracting

attention to the typodont and/or appliance(s) in an orthodontic clinic, retail store, or other space.

Electrical power may be supplied to the typodont through inductive coupling or other wireless means,

so that the typodont may be removed from its display and be shown without the complications of wires

or batteries.

Background

A typodont is a 3D physical model of an oral cavity that includes the teeth and gums. Orthodontists

often have multiple typodonts on display in their offices to show various orthodontic appliances.

Typodonts are used for patient education, sales/marketing, etc. In the case of clear aligners, the

appliances are, by design, non-obvious and difficult to see. Adding light to a typodont that can be seen

across a well-lit office or clinic is one way to address this problem. While adding this new feature, it is

also desirable to not interfere with the orthodontist’s ability to show the typodont and aligners to

potential patients. Wireless power transfer from the display shelf/platform to the typodont could meet

this challenge. Wireless power transfer is a well-known phenomenon that uses electromagnetic

coupling between a transmitting coil and receiving coil to send power to a device without wires.

While light sources could be integrated into a shelf/display, directing light through transparent or semi-

transparent portions of one or more typodonts to provide internal illumination, internal light sources

with wireless power transfer would be less sensitive to positioning on the display/shelf and would not

require a switch to turn the light sources off when the typodont is removed. The very nature of

electromagnetic coupling between the shelf/display and typodont insures that power is cut and the

lights turn off when the t...