Matthew J. Olmsted, DDS MS

Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics

Specializing in

Invisalign & Braces

2205 Oak Ridge Road, Suite CC * Oak Ridge, North Carolina 27310

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What is a TAD?

A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is a device that is actually defined officially as an implant. This is because it is implanted into the mouth in order to help move the teeth by anchoring them to the device, though unlike regular implants, this one is removed once the orthodontic treatment is complete. This is an alternative that is just now gaining in popularity, and may soon be used by orthodontists across the country. It is being considered an alternative to other orthodontic treatments for straightening the teeth. With patients who previously used headgear, they would have help moving the teeth in one or multiple directions, but compliance would be an issue with children or teens. Now with TAD, the patient isn’t concerned about others seeing the anchor, therefore being more favored by the younger patients.

How TADs Prevent Extractions or Surgery

Another benefit to using TADs in orthodontics is that it often prevents the need for extractions prior to getting braces. Traditionally, the orthodontist would need to remove one or two premolars in order to make extra space for the other teeth to move to the position intended. After doing so, the orthodontist would then bond the braces to the teeth. But by using TADs, these extractions may be unnecessary. The temporary anchorage device allows for proper anchoring to make the sure the anterior teeth are not moving and allow any gaps or spaces between teeth to be closed without needing to remove the teeth.

About the Temporary Anchorage Device

The TAD is made from a grade 5 titanium alloy material, and is just one piece in the mouth. There are different types of heads to the TAD implants, including a ball, hook, double slot, single slot and eyelet. The TAD can be used by the orthodontist for an indirect or direct anchorage of the teeth. This will determine where exactly in the mouth it is implanted. Instead of bracing one tooth against another, which can be a risk to the orthodontic patient, they are able to anchor the teeth against the temporary anchorage device instead. Anesthesia is used to place the screws for the TAD, after which mild discomfort is experienced until it heals.

With TADs, patients can have straighter teeth simply by having this simple anchorage device in their upper jaw. It is not visible to anyone else, because the patient’s upper lip covers it. It also improves the success and effectiveness of their orthodontic treatment, leaving them with a beautiful, restored smile, better jaw and bite, and straight teeth.

Dr. Olmsted is committed to providing quality dental care to patients in Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Colfax, Summerfield, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.  If you would like a consultation, call us at 336-441-8301.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Orthodontists typically use braces and auxiliary appliances in order to move teeth and correct a bite. But one thing that must be done is that the orthodontics need to be anchored to something. I some patients, this requires a screw with a device called a temporary anchorage device (TAD). It is not always possible simply to use the teeth as the anchor, which is why the TADs are sometimes required. Here is some more information about TADs, when and how they are used for proper orthodontic treatments.