What are TADs?

TADs is an acronym for Temporary Anchorage Devices. TADs are a new technology that are greatly expanding the options in orthodontic treatment. They are titanium mini pins or plates that are inserted in the jaws to help control orthodontic treatment. The pins act as anchor points allowing the orthodontist to move teeth and control treatment in ways never possible before. They are removed after treatment hence the term temporary.


What do TADs do?

TADs can allow the orthodontist to control teeth with great precision. They have also made it possible to move teeth in ways that were not possible with conventional braces.

Advantages of TADs:

  • No need for headgear and other obtrusive devices.
  • Reducing or eliminate the need for jaw surgery in many cases with severe jaw discrepancies Surgery like outcomes without surgery
  • Many more options for patients with missing teeth (gaps can be closed without need for dental implants), which can save thousands of dollars.
  • Expanding treatment options for adults without the need for full braces.

What are the benefits of using TADs?

There are many benefits that TADs have in orthodontic treatment.
TADs can virtually eliminate the need for obtrusive devices, such as headgear, because the same effects can be had from having the TADs inside the mouth.
They also allow certain cases that would normally have required jaw surgery to be treated without surgery such as open bites. This not only means less cost but also a much less invasive treatment.
TADs have also expanded the options for patients who are missing teeth either due previous extractions or due to congenital absence (some people simply do not develop certain teeth). The most common missing teeth are second premolars and second front teeth. In those cases the spaces can be closed with the help of TADs eliminating the needs for dental implants or false teeth to replace them.

Dr Tarraf has been using TADs since 2003 and has treated hundreds of patients with this technique. He has also written a number of publications as well which can be found here.

Dr Tarraf's Publications

Dr Tarraf’s puclications:

Scientific Publications:

Tarraf NE (2015) The Adult Orthodontic Patient: More Options than Ever Before!. Dentistry 5: 278. doi:10.4172/2161-1122.1000278
Tarraf NE, The application of skeletal anchorage in the correction of anterior open bite and skeletal Class III malocclusion: a paradigm shift, Annals or the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons,2012 Vol 21, 113-119

Foot R, Dalci O(1), Gonzales C, Tarraf NE, Darendeliler MA. The short-term skeleto-dental effects of a new spring for the intrusion of maxillary posterior teeth in open bite patients. Prog Orthod. 2014 Sep 25;15:56

Phelan A, Tarraf NE, Taylor P, Hönscheid R, Drescher D, Baccetti T, Darendeliler MA Skeletal and dental outcomes of a new magnetic functional appliance, the Sydney Magnoglide, in Class II correction. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2012 Jun;141(6):759-72

Principle Author of two 2008 ASO Brighter Futures newsletters titled “Orthodontic-Endodontic Considerations” Parts I and II. Clickable link
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Co-author of two 2009/2010 ASO Brighter Futures newsletters “Drugs and Orthodontic Treatment” parts I and II.

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Foot R, Tarraf N, Gonzales C, Darendeliler M. The Sydney Intrusion Spring (SIS): An appliance for the intrusion of posterior maxillary teeth. A Prospective Clinical Study. University of Sydney, 2011.

Al-Mozany S, Tarraf N, Dalci O, Gonzales C, Darendeliler M. Treatment of Class III malocclusions using Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) and intermaxillary Class III elastics in the growing patient. University of Sydney, 2011.

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