Taglus is a global industry leader in the manufacture of the innovative clear Aligner and retainer thermoplastic sheets that are made using cutting edge technology and equipment to meet the most demanding aesthetic standards. It is a vertical arm of Laxmi Dental Export Pvt. Ltd, a company that was established more than 29 years ago in Mumbai, India. Since it's inceptions it has flourished into a well renowned dental laboratory with an employee strength of more than 1,800 that caters to the dental industry world over.
It has an in-house multidisciplinary team of Biomedical Engineers, University Professors, Dental Technicians and experienced Research and Development department. Routine tests are carried out to analyze the material with the most advanced instrumentation. Apart from this, clinical evaluations and Quality Control checks are done so that we are able to provide the best quality material to our customers that exceed industry standards.
With our corporate headquarters and manufacturing units located in Mumbai, India. we pride ourselves in working closely with a network of global distributors in various countries. Currently we are catering to our customers in US, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
From manufacturing through customized product offerings, packing, shipping and order tracking, TAGLUS is committed to delivering the highest quality products and service to its customers around the world. To better serve our customers, we offer thermoplastic sheets in a wide variety of sizes, colors and patterns, as well as customized "Run-to-Size" dimensions, special patterns and thicknesses. Besides, we also use automated order and shipping tracking systems to provide customers with up-to-the-minute order information.
What is a “Polyurethane Resin” and why it as the primary component of the Taglus Z material.
Polyurethane (PUR and PU) is a polymer composed of organic units joined by carbamate (urethane) links. The isocyanates and polyols used to make polyurethanes contain, on average, two or more functional groups per molecule. Long, flexible segments, contributed by the polyol, give soft, elastic polymer.
Polyurethanes have many advantages over PETG in terms that its elastomeric memory allows polyurethane to return to its original shape when stretched, bent or deformed, Superior durability and resiliency at harder durometers, Outstanding impact and abrasion resistance. Physical properties can be engineered to meet demanding specifications By combining hard and soft materials, Taglus Z achieves both high strength (from the hard materials) and high toughness (from the soft materials).
Taglus Z because of having higher modulus of elasticity and high impact strength has higher stress resistance and can exert and maintain the nrequired orthodontic force without getting distorted. Toughness is the energy a material can absorb before it breaks this property of Polyurethene helps in break free retainer as it has to stay for a longer time in the patients mouth.
However polyurethane, like all materials, has limitations. Polyurethane is very sensitive to moisture during processing. For the end-user, this is why Taglus Z must be shipped in moisture-barrier bags, handled quickly, and is best molded on a positive-pressure machine.
Taglus Ze® Thermoforming Sheet Materials allow the fabrication of many orthodontic and dental appliances.
Taglus-Ze Thermoformable Sheet Materials are intended for prescription use in the fabrication of orthodontic and dental appliances
Store unopened Taglus-Z sheet packages in a cool and dry place.
This material is contraindicated for patients with a history of allergic reaction to plastics.
Excessive heating time during thermoforming will cause plastic to sag with possible risk of injury to operator.
Taglus-Ze is provided pre-dried in high barrier packaging and should be thermoformed within 15 minutes of opening its protective pouch.
|Drufomat||1min 20sec||1min 30sec|
|Erkoodent/Forestadent||1min 30sec||1min 40sec|
|Properties||TAGLUS   z||Zendura||DURAN +||Essix +||Tru-Tain||SmartTrack|
|Hard Polymer||Soft Polymer|
|Light transmission Total||93%||60%||86%||93%||93%||75%|
|Izod Impact Strength||1.6||1.6||1.2||-||1.3||-|
|Tensile strength (psi)||10,000||10,000||7,687||-||6,700||6500||5000|
|Flexural Modulus (psi)||330,000||330,000||319,083||-||280,000||150,000||35,000|
|Rockwell hardness||Shore72D||Shore72D||115R||-||108R||Shore 80D|
|Water Absorption 24hr||0.2%||0.2%||0.2%||-||0.14%||-|
Aligners and Retainers are subjected to high staining environments when used by patients eg. Coffee, tea, and most heavy staining agent are spices especially Turmeric which tends the plastic to become yellow and then deteriorate it by losing the bond stability
The test performed to understand the staining effect using turmeric by placing in a 37C for 24 hours.To accurately measure the color of the part itself both before and after the staining procedure, we used a colorimeter. Specifically The CIELAB Color model allowed us to accurately measure and quantify changes in “yellow-ness” (b*) that resulted from a 24 hour mustard soak. The color change was measured using a Byk-Gardner Color-guide and yellow index (b*) and plotted before and after the mustard immersion.At the end of the mustard soak, TAGLUS Z showed little change in level of yellow:
by Aaron StewartOctober 31, 2018
A proprietary polyurethane resin gives TAGLUS Ze an exceptionally strong polymer backbone so it is an ideal choice compared to commonly used resins such as PETG, PP and others.
The impact strength of a material is defined as capability of plastic to resist a sudden or gradually applied load or force. It is normally conveyed as the amount of mechanical energy absorbed in the process of deformation under the applied impact loading and is expressed as energy lost per unit of thickness ft.lb/in or J.cm.
Impact tests are used in studying the toughness of material. A material's toughness is a factor of its ability to absorb energy during plastic deformation. Brittle materials have low toughness as a result of the small amount of plastic deformation they can endure. The impact value of a material can also change with temperature. Generally, at lower temperatures, the impact energy of a material is decreased. The size of the specimen may also affect the value of the Izod impact test because it may allow a different number of imperfections in the material, which can act as stress risers and lower the impact energy.
TAGLUS Ze was evaluated for its “impact strength” alongside with other orthodontic materials:
With TAGLUS the treatment can be made much faster with movement of 0.25mm per aligner in 7 days, TAGLUS aligners are made of a proprietary material that creates gentle but consistent force on the teeth. The attachments that are used on teeth are to be designed to make sure they are creating the most effective force on teeth. This all adds up to extremely predictable tooth movement and in a shorter time than before.
Elasticity with rigidity is the property which makes TAGLUS a most reliable retainer. As the retainers made from TAGLUS are perfectly adapted in thermofroming and would never crack with its optical clarity makes it a ideal situation for both patient and doctor.
The same properties that make TAGLUS a best choice for retainers make it applicable for temporary bridges with/without pontics. Many times temporary bridge breaks due to stress and gets weared off, but because of high flexural modulus and high hardness value TAGLUS would not crack nor would get scratched as PU and PETG.
TAGLUS gets bonded to all light and heat cured acrylics. TAGLUS sheets adapted with pressure is the best way to insure 100% model record. TAGLUS with cross link acrylics added does not debond and doesn’t give mis fits. Splints with thermo formed TAGLUS base are more stable due to zero curing shrinkage.
We tested Taglus material at McGill Engineering. Physical characteristics are as least as good and in several instances superior to other popular brands of thermoforming material. We then ran a pilot clinical trial that showed that Taglus moved teeth predictably and was as or more comfortable as two other popular material. We are continuing our research but preliminary results are very promising.
“Our digital aligner department has exploded. Since inception, we have been searching for a product that compared favorably to flexible archwires while maintaining cost effectiveness. It's finally here in TAGLUS.”
Here at orthoshop, orthodontic laboratory we were given the opportunity to use the new Taglus aligner and retainer material before market. As a progressive orthodontic laboratory, we are always striving to find new materials that will enhance our range, and give our clinicians the best choice of products.
The qualities of the Taglus material are exciting offering the following benefits to the laboratory, patients and clinicians.
The Clarity- Taglus is the most transparent on the market
Its Flexibility- has flexibility and Elasticity for use in our aligners and retainers
Its Durability- it is very durable and has higher impact strength than similar products
Its Workability- it is an amazingly easy product to trim and finish, taking less time than similar products, and easier on polishing rubbers and buffs saving the laboratory time and money.
I have been very happy trialling Taglus in my laboratory, so much so that it will now be offered to all our customers for retainers. All aligner cases will also be manufactured using Taglus aligner material.
Overall, the new Taglus aligner/retainer material has my approval and will definitely be used in my laboratory.
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