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TAD Devices Explained by Las Vegas Orthodontics Expert

Aug 17, 2010

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Mini-screws that are affixed directly to the jaw bone, Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are particularly useful for particular orthodontic and dental treatments. "TADs can be used in various procedures where they make treatment simpler and decrease treatment time," explains Las Vegas orthodontics practitioner Dr. David Alpan.

The devices are employed to fix a number of conditions. For example, if an orthodontist wants to draw in your front teeth, he or she could anchor the TAD screws on your back molars and use that leverage to bring in the front teeth. Molars are well-suited to the task since they are big, multi-rooted, and move very little.

Orthodontists also find the screws useful to move teeth for filling in a gap caused by an absent tooth, correcting an anterior open bite, or straightening tipped molars. "These devices often avoid the necessity of dental implants or jaw surgery," observes Las Vegas Invisalign specialist, Dr. Alpan. "So it's a less invasive method."

TADs also work with braces to prevent the need for headgear - and reduce dependence on the patient's compliance with treatment. "Our patients really like the TAD system," notes Las Vegas braces provider Dr. Alpan. "It decreases the total time in braces and improves the patient's comfort."

A simple procedure inserts TADs right into the bone. The titanium screws are approximately the length of a thumbnail and the width of a pin head. The doctor numbs the area with an anesthetic gel before the procedure. When the TAD is inserted, the patient may feel some pressure, but rarely discomfort. "Once treatment is finished, the device can be taken out quickly and painlessly," observes Dr. Alpan, a Las Vegas orthodontist.

Learn More
To learn more about Las Vegas invisalign provider Dr. David Alpan, visit his Web site at www.aeortho.com, or call at 702-784-0500.

About Dr. David Alpan
Dr. David Alpan earned his DDS degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco received his Orthodontic Specialty certificate in 1998. Dr. David Alpan founded Aesthetic Orthodontics in Los Angeles in 1998 - and in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas in 1999. Certified as an Invisalign provider in 1999, Dr. Alpan was hired by Align Technology in 2001 to teach certified Invisalign classes. He has also served as a consultant for Align Technology's clinical education department.

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Contact Info
  • Aesthetic Orthodontics Las Vegas
  • David Alpan
  • 702-784-0500