DOME, Inc. was founded in 1961 by Dr. Robert Ricketts. In 1967, Don and Dody Tichenor started developing products with Dr. Ricketts and DOME has expanded in the last 55 years into the company that it is today. The Cephalometic Tracing Template and the patented Abrasive Heads (shown in the 'Supplies' on this website) are among the products developed with Dr. Ricketts during those early years.
By the mid 1970’s, the Tichenors completed their purchase of DOME and many new products were designed and manufactured.
DOME started building delivery units in 1970 with the introduction of the Glide Bracket which allowed delivery units to be cantilevered off of the chair base and to be easily moved forward and back. In an era of carpeted operatories and large delivery units, smaller, moveable delivery units were very well received.
The DOME Innovation Chair was introduced in 1984. With reversible upholstery and a durable and comfortable rotationally molded shape, the DOME Innovation Chair was very different compared to other orthodontic chairs.
Since the machine shop, welding, cabinet manufacturing, injection molding and chair production are at DOME's factory in Tarzana (Los Angeles), California, new designs can be developed and fabricated. The patterns and the design for the DOME Innovation Chair rotational molds were made by Don Tichenor and his son Jay. DOME's machine shop makes the molds for DOME's injection molding machine along with production parts for the chairs and bases.
From the beginning, DOME employees have always been very happy to build high quality, custom orthodontic equipment. Don, Dody and Jay Tichenor have instilled the importance of building products that DOME employees can be proud of. Many DOME employees have been at DOME for more than 20 years and that is partly due to the satisfaction in working for a company that believes in the value of building outstanding products and providing excellent customer service.
If you look at the outstanding craftsmanship of the DOME Innovation Chairs and the DOME delivery units, you will see how important quality is to everyone at DOME.