Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. David Alpan is a third generation dentist, “with DDS stranded in my DNA. I decided to be an orthodontist when I was 15 years old. My father and grandfather were both dentists and I liked helping people.”
Following his dream, Dr. Alpan earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery, Orthodontic Specialty certificate and Master of Science in Dentistry degree for his master’s thesis written on the results of the two-year TMJ research project he completed during his orthodontic specialty training.
“I decided to specialize in orthodontics because I love the challenges and rewards of improving a persons’ smile along with their self-esteem,” Dr. Alpan said. “Every patient leaves our office with a bigger and brighter smile with more self-confidence. Our team strives to make every patient feel like he or she is a member of our family.”
According to Dr. Alpan, the goal of Alpan Orthodontics is to help shape the future of patients’ interaction with the world. “I will never forget the first time a patient told me her braces treatment changed her life,” Dr. Alpan said. “A smile is forever and tells the world how you feel about yourself. I am honored to help people create and maintain healthy beautiful smiles.”
The recent technological advances used at Alpan Orthodontics include Damon Braces, Invisalign, Incognito, Temporary Anchorage Devices and Propel. The improved features of Damon braces versus traditional braces are that Damon braces are self-ligating, smaller, faster, and more comfortable with less need for extractions and shorter treatment time.
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that incrementally moves the teeth from the start to the desired end result with no braces. Incognito are lingual braces that are also custom made to the inside of the teeth, which gives the patient the advantage of no visible braces. Temporary Anchorage Devices are used to prevent implants and jaw surgery. Propel is used to speed up treatment, and is a minimally invasive procedure to stimulate the bone change while moving the teeth. The studies are showing 30 to 40 percent reduction in overall treatment time.
As for overall dental health, Dr. Alpan advises, “Since you only get one adult set, it is very important to take care of your teeth. With excellent oral hygiene and overall care of your teeth and gums, they can last a lifetime. Prevention is the best course of action. American Dental Associations recommends brush twice daily, floss once daily and visit your dentist once or twice a year for cleanings and check-ups.”
When Dr. Alpan is not working he spends time with his wife Mary and son Zephyr, reads, works out, goes skeet shooting, rides his mountain bikes, travels, and races his Porsche GT3 Cup Car with Porsche Owners Club, NASA, BMW CCA, & Pirelli Cup Competent Motors.Dr. Alpan – Aesthetic Orthodontics Credentials: DDS, MSD
Dental Specialty: Orthodontics