The orthodontics industry has used TAD’s for quite some time, but their benefits are just now coming to light. Patients have numerous questions about what they are and how they work. Our professional orthodontists are available to answer any questions and we have provided this section to help you learn more. We are happy to answer additional questions and schedule a consultation if you think TAD’s would be right for you.
A Temporary Anchorage Device is placed in the mouth on a temporary basis that is actually a titanium alloy screw or pin. This device remains in the mouth for the duration of your treatment and is designed to act as an anchor for more stability for things such as bite closure and space closure and will be attached to braces.
How Does the TAD Procedure Work?
An effective way to explain how TAD’s work is to imagine trying to push a stick or board through sand in a forcible manner. As you apply force and the stick moves, the sand moves around it and fills in the area that is behind you. Using this analogy, think of the sand as bone cells and cells that attach teeth to the bone, known as periodontal ligaments. As teeth are put into proper position they will reform and move gradually, using a force such as braces. The job of the TAD is to provide an anchorage point that will push against your teeth for better movement.
Previously, other teeth served as anchoring points until it became clear that those teeth were moving. Sometimes no viable teeth were nearby that could even be used. This led to the TAD technique performed today using the mini-screws, which provide better stability and make the treatment safer and pain-free. The device is then removed when treatment is finished.
Maintaining the TAD Device
The maintenance of your TAD will be minimal. Simply continue your excellent oral hygiene routine with a soft bristle brush dipped in an antimicrobial solution. Eating habits need not be changed.
Why Choose Edina Ortho Best For Implanting Your TAD Device?
Our highly trained experts in Edina know that the TAD method is likely new to many people and will be pleased to answer any concern or questions you may have. We want you to be comfortable with us and thoroughly informed.