TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices)

Orthodontics | TADS

Temporary anchorage devices are small screws (6 to 10 mm long) that are designed to anchor in the jaw bone. Since TADs do not move, orthodontists can utilize them to move teeth in different directions that previously were not possible. 

The placement process is simple.  With or without sedation, small amount of local anesthetics is administered near the area of soft tissue overlying where the TAD will be placed. The TAD is then inserted into planned position. The only maintenance required is to keep the surrounding tissues clean. 

Your orthodontist will utilize them to achieve their orthodontic treatment goal. Once you are finished with orthodontic treatment, the TADs can be removed.