TADs or Temporary Anchorage Devices are a more recent addition to orthodontics that are greatly expanding the treatment options.
They are small titanium mini-pins that are inserted into the jaw to act as an anchor for moving teeth or controlling the direction of tooth movement in ways never possible before.
TADs is a non-invasive procedure and are typically placed using a local anaesthetic and are removed after they have served their purpose, usually after active treatment.
The procedure is relatively simple and usually causes minimal discomfort for the patient. Once in place, TADs are used to provide anchorage for orthodontic forces, which can help move teeth in specific directions or prevent unwanted movement of other teeth.
One of the key benefits of TADs is that they offer orthodontists greater control over tooth movement, which can lead to more predictable treatment outcomes.
They can be used to address a wide range of orthodontic problems, including closing gaps between teeth, correcting bite issues, and when used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances, can even help manage conditions like sleep apnea, reduce treatment time and improve overall treatment outcomes.
The use of TADs requires specialised training and expertise, so it's important to seek out an experienced orthodontist who has the necessary knowledge and skill to incorporate TADs into your treatment plan, if appropriate.
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:
Reduces the need for headgear and other obtrusive devices.
Reduce or eliminate the need for future jaw surgery in many cases with severe jaw discrepancies with surgery like outcomes without surgery.
Provides more options for patients with missing teeth: by closing space of missing teeth without the need of dental implants.
Expanding treatment options for adults without the need for full braces.