Temporary Anchorage Devices

What Are TADS?

TADS are small, titanium screws that are used as anchor points and are temporarily placed in the bone above or below the teeth to provide additional anchorage points for orthodontic appliances. They are strategically positioned in the patient’s jawbone. They serve as a fixed point of resistance for orthodontic appliances, allowing for more precise control over the movement of teeth and improving treatment efficiency. TADS function in conjunction with braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances to create the desired tooth and jawbone changes.

How Do I Know If I Need TADS?

TADS are not necessary in all treatment cases, but they are common. Typically they are used when there is not another tooth in the right position to be used as an anchor. If there will be too much pressure from pulling or pushing on the anchor tooth, TADS may be used to lower the risk of moving the anchor tooth during the treatment process. We want you to get your braces (or other appliances) off as soon as you can, so we don’t want to risk moving the wrong teeth and keeping you in your appliances for longer!

Are TADS Invasive?

When you need TADS, there is a simple, non-invasive process the orthodontists go through in order to place them. They are quick, virtually painless, and non-invasive. Here’s what that process looks like:

  1. Assessment: Before placement, our orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination to identify the optimal location for the TADS. This exam includes X-Rays and a visual inspection of the mouth. The exam will help the orthodontist decide where to place the TADS, if they are necessary.
  2. Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia, usually a gel, is applied to the area to ensure that the patient feels no discomfort during the procedure.
  3. Insertion: The TADS are precisely inserted into the predetermined locations within the jawbone.During this step, you will feel some pressure, but not pain, as the orthodontist is placing the TADS. This typically only takes a few minutes.

Why Are TADS Beneficial?

Some of the benefits of using TADS include precise tooth movement, shorter treatment duration, reduced extraction need, complex treatment options, and minimized discomfort during treatment.

At Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics, we are proud to utilize TADS in our orthodontic practice to ensure our patients receive the best,quickest care and achieve the smiles they’ve always dreamed of. If you are considering orthodontic treatment or have questions about TADS, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Our dedicated team is here to provide you with the most advanced and effective orthodontic solutions.

For clients with displaced or missing teeth that require more power to shift than braces can provide alone, orthodontists used to need oral surgery or headgear to solve these dental problems. Those days are a thing of the past thanks to Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs. These small implants give teeth a power boost and move them in the desired direction and are one treatment we offer at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics at our five Arizona locations.

TADs are minimally invasive temporary implants that create a fixed point for the teeth to move from while keeping the other teeth from being pulled with them. If you or your child want to correct a challenging orthodontic problem, contact Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics for more information about whether TADs might be right for you.

What Material Is Used in TADs?

These tiny implants are made from a titanium-alloy material that will resist damage and anchor the tooth. They range from six to twelve millimeters in length and less than two millimeters in diameter.

How Are the Implants Placed?

These implants can be put in multiple places around the mouth, including the gums and the palate. They are typically placed near the tooth that is being moved and they are placed in the direction of the movement. They are attached with a durable rubber band connecting the implant with the brace on the targeted tooth.

Placing a temporary anchoring device is fast and easy. It only takes a few minutes easily allotted within a tad orthodontics appointment. For your maximum comfort during treatment, a local anesthetic will be utilized. You may feel some pressure but no pain.

How Long Are the Implants in Place?

Most patients only have TADs in their mouth for a few months until the shifting is complete and braces can continue the work. Clients with missing teeth or whose teeth have shifted in more serious ways may have the treatment prolonged. Standard tooth care with braces will keep the device clean and in good shape.

When the treatment is complete, one of our TADs orthodontics professionals will remove the device in a fast and painless process. The tiny hole should close painlessly after a few days.

What Are the Benefits of Temporary Anchoring Devices?

Clients with Temporary Anchoring Devices have a faster recovery than with surgical solutions and report greater self-confidence and an improved social life compared to headgear.

These implants prevent reversal of the work done with braces and ensure that your smile comes out even. The small size of the implant does a lot of work with minimal interference to your daily routine.

Schedule Your Consultation!

If you or your child’s teeth have shifted in a way that means braces need extra help, a simple solution likely exists. Contact us today at Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics to set up a consultation today and see what TADs can do for you. Drs. Rollins and Petersen proudly serve Arizona with locations in Chandler, Gilbert, Globe, Mesa, and Queen Creek.