Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
TADS (Temporary Anchorage Devices) have been around since the 1980s but are gaining widespread acceptance today. TADS are temporary, small, screw-like dental implants made of titanium alloy. They typically remain in place for some months during treatment and are then removed. TADS provide anchorage or fixed point around which teeth can be moved.
What TADS Can Do
If there is not a viable tooth located at the point where an anchor is needed or a greater force is required, the teeth used as anchors can themselves start to move. TADS can help in both of these cases as they can either be the anchors themselves or provide additional support to the teeth being used as anchors.
TADS can also replace the use of uncomfortable headgear while shortening overall treatment time, eliminating the need to wear elastics (rubber bands), and sometimes even make certain oral surgeries unnecessary.
Getting (and Maintaining) TADS
Placing and removing TADS is a minimally-invasive, pain-free procedure. After the area being treated is numbed, a patient will only feel gentle pressure as the device is inserted. The whole process takes just minutes to complete. And taking TADS out is even easier.
While they’re in place, TADS requires being brushed twice daily with a soft toothbrush dipped in an antimicrobial solution.
Not every orthodontic patient will need TADS but for those who do, it’s a minimally-invasive treatment option that offers some big benefits.