Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®)
Another “mandibular-repositioning” appliance that Gulfside Dental uses is call the Thornton Adjustable Positioner oral appliance (TAP®), which is a mandibular advancement device composed of maxillary and mandibular arches containing an advancing mechanism which permits unlimited advancement of the lower jaw. Each arch is a custom fit to a patient’s models. The advancing mechanism is engaged and the screw mechanism in the upper tray is then turned to advance the mandible until the patient beings to feel any discomfort in the temporomandibular joint or in the facial muscles. The advancing screw is then turned back until patient is comfortable.