Looking into Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Many questions have been about types of dental devices, but most specifically, temporary anchorage devices. Temporary anchorage devices (or TADs) are oral mechanisms made of titanium alloy. Their purpose? TADs control how the teeth are positioned and moved when the person has their braces. Usually, TADs are between 6 and 12 millimeters long and 1 ½ to 2 millimeters in diameter.

One of the reasons orthodontists like using temporary anchorage devices is that the alloy in them won’t get rejected by the body. Because of this, it has been used in dentistry for several years. They are placed in between the roots of one’s teeth; TADS are pierced in the bone. Additionally, they may be put in the roof of your mouth, in the bone.

A common question asked has to do with how TADS are placed and if any pain is involved. Since bone tissue does not contain nerve endings, the patient will feel little to no pain. The professional doctor who performs the task is called an orthodontist. He or she is trained and have experience installing and removing these devices. A unique tool is used for insertion and to make sure the TAD is in place. Afterwards, the orthodontist quickly uses the TAD as anchorage. This amazing technology has allowed these professionals to reduce the time of treatment for their clients.

The time length of having a TAD in place depends. It is based on how long it is needed and the orthodontist will tell the patient. For some, it will take a few months; others will have the device in the entire time of the orthodontic treatment. Throughout a person’s treatment, a TAD can be used in different areas of the mouth thanks to the versatility. They can only be used on people who have their permanent (adult) teeth grown. Those with gum disease may or may not be able to have a TAD.

Even though these devices are miniscule, TADs make a large impact to one’s teeth. A patient with the device doesn’t have to do anything different while having one and experience no harm. Talk to an orthodontist if you are looking into having a temporary anchorage device.