TAD – Temporary Anchorage Device

What is a TAD (Temporary Anchorage Device)?

Temporary anchorage devices are small medical grade screws that are placed in one’s mouth in order to act as anchors for moving teeth into their desired location. These smalls screws are made up of titanium alloy and therefore biocompatible.

TAD’s create a form of anchorage that braces alone can not produce. They provide a fixed point where a constant force is applied to shift teeth. Temporary anchorage devices are able to reduce the unwanted movement on certain teeth, while helping complete the desired movement of other teeth.

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Where & how is a TAD placed?

TADS can be placed in many different locations in one’s mouth. The exact placement of an anchorage device is customized to each patient. These devices are usually placed between or near the roots of the teeth and it is usually done by your orthodontist or surgeon. After anesthetizing the tissue, TADS are inserted using a special instrument. This form of treatment is non-invasive and can be completed using a topical anaesthetic. The mini screw is removed at the end of the patient’s treatment.

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Do TAD’s hurt?

Due to the fact that there are zero nerve endings in bone tissue, TAD’s cause little to no discomfort.

How long do I have to wear a TAD?

It says it all in the name, anchorage devices are only temporary. The TAD will be removed when it is no longer needed to assist in tooth movement.
If you or someone you know is interested in orthodontic treatment and think TADs can help in their treatment, please make an appointment with Dr. Mir to discuss treatment options!

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