Orthodontic Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD), Mini-Screw, Mini-Implant

If you’ve been researching orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may have come across the term Temporary Anchorage Device (or TAD for short).

Today we’re sharing an excellent video (just under 5 minutes) about TADs, courtesy of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

If you don’t have time to watch the video (or want a brief overview before you do), here are a few quick facts about TADs:

+ Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are tiny, screw-like dental implants that assist with tooth movement. They are made of a strong titanium alloy and are FDA approved.

+ TADs are typically used in conjunction with braces or as a replacement for headgear or rubber bands. They are usually only needed for a few months, but depending on the patient’s unique treatment needs, they may be used longer.

+These mini-screws allow certain types of tooth movement that weren’t previously possible in orthodontics, and they allow for shorter treatment times and a more comfortable experience for the patient. Most notably, TADs make jaw realignment possible without the major surgery that was required before their advent.

+Placement of the implant is minimally invasive and is performed under local anesthesia. Patients can resume normal activity immediately after the procedure. Any slight discomfort felt after the anesthesia wears off can easily be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

+ As the name suggests, TADs are temporary; they do not integrate with the bone like other implants and can be easily removed when they are no longer needed. In fact, anesthesia is usually not required for their removal.

Without further ado, here is your video:

If you have questions about Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) that were not answered here (or about any other aspect of orthodontic treatment for that matter), your best bet is to set up your free consultation and exam with Dr. Irwin, where he will go over all of your treatment options with you and answer any remaining questions that you have.