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Temporary Anchor Device (TAD)

                                         TADs are tiny anchors placed temporarily near the tooth to be moved.  Their placement allows more sophisticated and effective tooth movement by your orthodontist.  TAD

One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. Made of a bio-compatible titanium alloy, TADs are miniscrew anchors which are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move. Before TADs, orthodontists who wanted to move some teeth while keeping others still, or to achieve orthodontic movement in a mouth with missing teeth, had to rely on headgear for their fixed point. But TADs now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discrete, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.

Temporary anchorage devices may not be recommended for everyone.  These devices are only needed in select situations. Contact us if you’d like to know more about TADs and how they can potentially can benefit you.


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