TADs are small titanium-alloy screws that orthodontists can use to anchor some teeth in order to move or change the position of others. They are implanted into the bone, in between the roots of the teeth or the roof of the mouth. Springs or wires can be attached to the head of the TADs and then connected to the brackets of your braces.

Why do Orthodontists Use TADs?

TADs can give the orthodontist a very predictable way to adjust your teeth. They could use them for just a few months or for the entire duration of your orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will advise you upon their placement and how everything will work.

TADs are often used in place of more complicated orthodontic treatments, such as surgery or outside of the mouth appliances(headgear). Not only can they replace these more complicated ways of straightening teeth, but they can often do it better and faster, giving you a more beautiful smile sooner than before!

Caring for the TAD

Your orthodontist may give you a special mouthwash and specific brushing techniques to use for the first few days you have your TAD. Afterwards, routine brushing will be a sufficient enough way to care for your TAD. However, it is recommended not to use an electric toothbrush on it. Since TADs can come loose or fall out, it is advised to keep from picking at it, pulling at it, or playing with it in any way! In the case that it does fall out or come loose, contact us right away.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)

One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. Made of a bio-compatible titanium alloy, TADs are miniscrew anchors which are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move. Before TADs, orthodontists who wanted to move some teeth while keeping others still, or to achieve orthodontic movement in a mouth with missing teeth, had to rely on headgear for their fixed point. But TADs now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discrete, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.

Temporary anchorage devices may not be recommended for everyone, and in fact, anchorage devices at all may not be needed in all cases. Contact us if you’d like to know more about TADs and how they can potentially prevent you from needing orthodontic headgear.