If you are planning orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist might choose to use temporary anchorage devices, also known as TADs. These tools make it easier to move specific teeth in specific ways, unlike braces, which typically move all your teeth.
What is a TAD?
A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a small screw made of a titanium alloy much like those used to make dental implants. It is placed in the jawbone between the tooth roots. The orthodontist then uses it as an anchor point to move a specific tooth. Instead of moving teeth using force anchored to other teeth, the force is anchored to the TAD. This can allow the orthodontist to move one tooth at a time to a very precise position. In some cases, teeth can be adjusted in ways that otherwise would require surgery to the jaw. They can also be used as an alternative to spreaders and headgear, both often used in traditional orthodontics.
A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a small screw made of a titanium alloy much like those used to make dental implants.
The addition of TADs to orthodontics allows much more versatility so specific problems can be addressed efficiently and accurately. The TADs might remain in your mouth for only a few weeks or months, or they might be needed for the full length of your treatment.
How TADs are Placed
The TAD is a very small screw, only about 6 millimeters long and with a diameter of only 1 or 2 millimeters. The orthodontist determines the exact location and places the TADs in the jawbone, avoiding the tooth roots. Typically, the TADs are set into place under a local anesthetic, and the procedure causes very little discomfort. Once they are placed, they can be used immediately for your orthodontic treatment. When the treatment is complete, the TADs are easily removed, and the small incision heals very quickly.
With the addition of TADs to orthodontic treatment options, it is possible to provide treatment that is not possible or that is much more complex without the use of these special instruments.
Call either of our experienced orthodontists today at 469-606-2696 to learn more about temporary anchorage devices.