Orthodontic Appliances

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)  |  Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Dr. Quast has been utilizing Ortho-TADS at Quast Orthodontics since 2007. TADS have greatly expanded the range of tooth movement. In some cases, the use of the Ortho-TADS may decrease or eliminate the need for patient cooperation in wearing auxiliary appliances: e.g. headgear or elastics. TADs may reduce the need for extraction of permanent teeth as well as the need for certain types of jaw surgery. The use of TADS is an option the patient may elect at Quast Orthodontics.

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Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)

 

One of the key fundamentals of the Six-Element Philosophy is the establishment of the optimal balance between the skeletal width of the upper and lower jawbone. Having the optimal balance between the two enables the teeth to fit together properly and enhances facial esthetics creating the optimal width of the upper dental arch. This is a common factor, in many of, the professional models seen today.

This is achieved by skeletal expansion in the upper jawbone during the growth period before the maxillary skeletal sutures are closed.

An RPE is necessary because it maximizes skeletal versus only dental tipping of the teeth. The lower jaw serves as the template with the upper jaw. Therefore, each patient balance is uniquely correct for that individual patient. The use of skeletal maxillary upper jaw expansion is an option that the patient may elect at Quast Orthodontics.

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