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For years, patients have depended on their local Tacoma orthodontist to provide exceptional care and proven treatment solutions. Dr. Douglas Knight has helped children, teens, and adults achieve healthier, straighter smiles through alignment therapy using different types of braces and retention. Today patients in Tacoma considering braces can add TADs to their list of treatment options to learn about and possibly utilize. Although TADs, also called temporary anchoring devices, have been used for around 30 years, many patients have not heard of them. We are pleased to be one of the few orthodontic practices in the area offering TADs.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS).

Stabilizing Teeth During Alignment

In some forms of orthodontic treatment, certain teeth may be used as anchors to help exert a corrective force on teeth needing realignment. Although this is an effective strategy, it is not the perfect choice for every patient or for every condition. Temporary anchoring devices are used to provide extra stability as teeth are shifted into their target position. There are other great things about this treatment option too, including:

  • TADs can take on the role of a tooth that is not present to act as an anchor
  • The tiny implants are set into place quickly and easily
  • Removal takes very little time
  • Placement and removal is a pain-free, minimally-invasive procedure
  • Many TADs patients experience no pain at all, and any discomfort felt can be effectively managed with over the counter pain remedies

Caring For Anchoring Devices 

Braces can require a little extra care beyond normal at-home dental hygiene. Temporary anchoring devices also require patients to take a little additional time and care when conducting daily hygiene, but only minimal extra care is required. All that patients need to do to keep TADs maintained is to brush twice daily as usual after dipping the toothbrush in an antimicrobial solution. 

Contact Us Today To Learn More!

Instead of waiting to start important orthodontic treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Knight today. Call Douglas Knight Orthodontics at (253) 627-5550 and one of our helpful, friendly staff members will assist you in any way they can. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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TADS - Dear Doctor Magazine

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 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