Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium implants, or anchors, used in certain orthodontic cases to allow for more efficient tooth movement. TADs can be used to close extraction spaces or spaces of missing teeth. They can also be used to intrude teeth and close open bites which would otherwise require surgery to correct. The placement of a TAD is very simple and usually only requires topical anesthetic with no injection. Typically, there is very little discomfort noticed during the placement, treatment, and removal of the TAD. The TADs usually remains for 6 to 12 months. If your orthodontic care would be improved by the use a TAD, we will discuss it with you at your complimentary consultation.