TADs Offer Another Option in Orthodontic Treatment

For eligible patients, the right orthodontic treatment provides many benefits including a more pleasing smile and healthier mouth and teeth that have a better chance of lasting throughout your life. Dr. Douglas Knight provides an array of orthodontic solutions, including jaw surgery, braces, and retention to give you a beautiful smile that you’ll enjoy for a long, long time. Another treatment option provided by only a few orthodontists is a temporary anchoring device, originally developed more than 30 years ago. Dr. Knight is one of the few orthodontists who offer this little-known solution.

How TADs Work

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS).

TADs are miniature screws, or types of implants, that are placed into the jaw bone with a tiny driver. Although they don’t fuse with the bone like an implant, they make use of close contact with the bone to provide the stability required of them as an anchor. This makes it possible to use TADs instead of other teeth to anchor oral appliances like braces and retainers. TADs have many benefits:

  • They can be quickly and easily implanted and removed
  • Implanting and removal is minimally invasive and can be pain-free
  • Many patients feel no pain and can manage discomfort with over-the-counter medicine

  • Although TADs are not for everyone, they provide an alternative option to using another tooth or group of teeth as a “post” against the corrective force applied by braces and retainers to move teeth into alignment. This removes the possibility of moving the anchor teeth and also offers the opportunity of reducing treatment time.

    How to Care for Temporary Anchoring Devices

    You will need to take some additional steps to care for your temporary anchoring devices properly, but adding this takes minimal time. To maintain your TADs, you’ll need to use an antimicrobial solution to brush and clean them twice daily. Just dip your toothbrush into the solution after cleaning your teeth as usual and brush the TADs as a final step in your routine.

    Contact Your Tacoma Orthodontist Today!

    Whether you’re in need of TADs, metal braces or clear aligners, don’t wait to seek orthodontic treatment. In some cases, early treatment may also mean shorter treatment. For more information, contact our office at 253-627-5550 or request an appointment online now!

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    What are TADS? Anchorage, or resistance to movement, is an important concept in orthodontics. Anchorage in orthodontics is often supplied by a tooth or group of teeth that are supposed to stay still as forces are applied against them in a way that only the mal-positioned teeth will move — into a better position. The challenge is to avoid the anchor teeth from moving too. That's where Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) come in. TADS are mini-screws or mini-implants temporarily placed into the bone of the jaws to be used as non-mobile anchor units that facilitate tooth movement. TADs can shorten orthodontic treatment time and are easily removed once they've done their job... Read Article