Ormco logo_resizedOrmco, Orange, Calif, has received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for new low-profile self-ligating brackets developed by Todd I. Oda, a senior principal product development engineer at the company.

According to the patent (8,246,347), which was filed March 5, 2010, the bracket includes “a bracket body, a latching member, and a hinge pin pivotally coupling a hinged end of the latching member with a bracket body.” The hinge pin is reportedly fabricated from a “resilient material” and configured to “flex so that a portion of the latching member can be engaged with a recess defined in the bracket body to couple the non-hinged end of the latching member with the bracket body.”

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