Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
What Are TADs?
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs), or mini-screws, are an orthodontic treatment used for more complex orthodontic situations. Made of medical grade titanium alloy, they are screwed into the gum and jawbone and encourage movement of the teeth by providing a precise anchor. TADs will remain in the bone until our specialist deems the treatment is at a stage where they are able to be removed. TADs are created from a special biocompatible alloy which helps them to be accepted by your body, and reduces healing time.
Why would I need TADs?
TADs are a beneficial advancement in orthodontics which can be used for a number of specific issues. Like most treatments, TADs are distributed when deemed necessary or advantageous by our specialists. Some of the orthodontic situations which may benefit from the use of TADs include:
- Bite correction
- Tooth movement for dental implants
- Up-righting molars
- In place of cumbersome orthodontic appliances such as headgear
- Use in conjunction with other orthodontic treatments to reduce treatment time
- As an alternative to surgery
- Closing gaps between teeth
TADs are not suitable for use in all case; this is especially true for people who are hypersensitive or are allergic to titanium.
Though the thought of placing a screw into your gum may seem intimidating, the process is not particularly painful. Of course, local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area, however, as there are no nerve endings in the bone tissue the TAD goes into, discomfort will be minimal. The screw is placed using a specialised instrument, and adjusts almost immediately. Due to the materials used, healing time is relatively quick. Once the desired orthodontic goal has been achieved, your TAD will be removed and the gum should heal within just a few days.
Advantage of TADs
TADs provide some distinct advantages when compared to other orthodontic treatments and have allowed the treatment of orthodontic issues that were previously impossible. In addition to this they are easy to place and remove, cost effective, relatively comfortable, and adaptable.
Caring for TADs
Immediately after the insertion, you may experience some slight discomfort, however this will fade as you become used to the device. Because it is only a small screw, it’s important to avoid playing with or prodding the TAD as it may become loose. Additionally, when brushing your teeth you should take extra precaution in the vicinity of the TAD. Our will advise you on the best way to look after your TAD at the time of your treatment. If it does come loose, please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.