What are TADs?

TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are implants placed before braces and removed afterwards. The purpose of these devices can vary, but the goal is generally to ease more complex tooth movements. Here is more about temporary anchorage devices and the ways that patients benefit from them.

Overview of Temporary Anchorage Devices

These devices are much like permanent dental implants, but they are used for mounting braces instead of replacing teeth. They are essentially titanium-alloy screws, and they are placed in the jaw during a short procedure at our office. As soon as bite correction is complete, our orthodontist removes the devices during another short appointment. Thanks to local anesthesia and sedation options, these procedures are comfortable for patients.

Why Temporary Anchorage Devices Are Used

Several goals are supported by temporary anchorage devices. For example, these devices may be advised for uprighting molars, closing larger spaces between teeth and moving teeth downwards into the gums. Particularly for the most severe bite irregularities, temporary anchorage devices can speed treatment by preventing movement of other teeth in the process. At the same time, these devices can eliminate the need for unsightly orthodontic appliances, such as headgear, which many patients prefer to avoid. In some cases, using temporary anchorage devices can let patients avoid surgery.

Temporary anchorage devices are convenient, effective additions to braces treatment for many patients. These devices can shorten and simplify bite correction for patients who need them. To learn more about temporary anchorage devices and their benefits, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.