Temporary Anchorage Devices

A smile lasts a lifetime, so you want it to both look good and be healthy. As your child approaches their teen years, crooked teeth can impact confidence, as well as causing issues with oral health. Your Woodbury children’s orthodontist has helped many children get a beautiful and healthy smile, and we can help your child too.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS).

Treating Orthodontic Issues

Dr. Henseler and Dr. Kocian treat a myriad of orthodontic issues with braces or clear aligners. To be effective, the braces or aligners need to be anchored to something to move the teeth. Typically, that something is another tooth in the arch. But in some cases, that may not be the best solution. In these instances, a temporary anchorage device (TAD) is used to do the job.

Understanding Temporary Anchorage Devices

TADs are similar to dental implants in appearance. They are small, screw-like devices made of titanium alloy that can easily be inserted into the jaw bone to provide an anchor. Unlike dental implants, which are made to be permanent, TADs are a temporary solution during orthodontic treatment. Once they serve their purpose—they are removed.

The Importance of Anchorage Devices

Without an anchor, orthodontic appliances will sit on the teeth, providing no force. The wires or clear aligners need something to push against to move the crooked teeth into the desired position. TADs offer that something when another tooth is not the best option. They make it possible for difficult tooth movements that in the past would have required headgear or jaw surgery.

Visit Your Children’s Orthodontist in Stillwater Today!

If you have any questions about TADs or you’d like to make an appointment at either our Woodbury or Stillwater locations, contact us. If you’d prefer, you can also request an appointment using our easy online form. We are happy to help in any way we can. Your child’s healthy smile is important, and you can trust that Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics will give them a smile that will last a lifetime.

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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