TADs Orthodontics

TADs Orthodontics

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are small, biocompatible screws or implants made from titanium alloy. They are typically placed into specific locations in the jawbone to serve as stable anchors or reference points for orthodontic appliances, such as braces or aligners. TADs are designed to be temporary and are removed once they have served their purpose in the treatment plan.

How Do TADs Work?

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) work by providing stable anchorage points in the jawbone to assist in orthodontic treatments. Here's how TADs function:


TADs are small, biocompatible screws or implants typically made from titanium alloy. They are surgically placed into specific locations in the jawbone under local anesthesia. The placement is precise and minimally invasive, often taking only a few minutes.


Once inserted, TADs serve as fixed points of anchorage for orthodontic appliances, such as braces or aligners. Unlike traditional methods that rely on teeth for anchorage, TADs are independent and do not move during treatment. This stability allows orthodontists to apply precise forces to move teeth more effectively and in desired directions.

Mechanical Function

Orthodontic wires or elastic bands are attached to the TADs and exert controlled forces on teeth. These forces can be adjusted by the orthodontist to achieve specific tooth movements, such as closing gaps, correcting bite issues, or repositioning teeth vertically (intrusion or extrusion).


TADs can be strategically placed in various locations depending on the treatment goals. They are used for tasks like:

    • Intrusion: Bringing teeth upward or downward.
    • Extrusion: Moving teeth outward from the gums.
    • Anchorage Reinforcement: Preventing unwanted tooth movement in complex cases.
    • Space Closure: Facilitating the movement of adjacent teeth into spaces created by extractions or gaps.

Temporary Nature

TADs are designed to be temporary devices. Once orthodontic treatment is completed and the desired tooth movements are achieved, they are easily removed without affecting surrounding teeth or tissues. This temporary nature distinguishes them from dental implants, which are permanent fixtures.

Maintenance and Care

Patients need to maintain good oral hygiene around TADs to prevent complications such as inflammation or infection. Regular check-ups with the orthodontist are crucial to monitor the TADs' stability and effectiveness throughout the treatment period.

In summary, TADs play a crucial role in modern orthodontics by providing reliable anchorage points that enhance the precision and efficiency of tooth movements during orthodontic treatment. Their versatility and temporary nature make them an invaluable tool for achieving optimal treatment outcomes in patients undergoing orthodontic care. Call us to learn more.

Advantages of TADs

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) offer several advantages in orthodontic treatment due to their unique properties and functions. Here are the main advantages of TADs:

Precise Control

TADs provide orthodontists with precise control over tooth movement. Unlike traditional anchorage methods that rely on teeth, TADs are fixed into the bone, allowing orthodontists to apply specific and predictable forces to move teeth exactly as planned.


TADs can be strategically placed in various locations in the mouth to serve different purposes. They can assist in complex tooth movements such as intrusion (moving teeth vertically), extrusion (moving teeth outward), or controlling unwanted tooth movement during treatment.

Minimally Invasive

The placement of TADs is minimally invasive and typically done under local anesthesia in the orthodontist's office. It involves a quick and straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort for the patient.

Reduced Treatment Time

By providing stable anchorage points, TADs can often reduce the overall treatment time compared to traditional orthodontic methods. They help orthodontists achieve efficient and effective tooth movements, leading to quicker treatment outcomes.

Orthodontic Efficiency

TADs enhance the efficiency of orthodontic treatment by allowing orthodontists to perform more complex movements without relying on patient compliance or the limitations of traditional braces or aligners alone.

Minimal Impact on Surrounding Teeth

Unlike traditional methods that may require modifying adjacent teeth for anchorage purposes, TADs minimize the impact on surrounding teeth. This preserves dental structures and reduces the risk of unintended side effects on neighboring teeth.

Temporary Nature

TADs are designed to be temporary devices. Once they have served their purpose in achieving the desired tooth movements, they can be easily removed without leaving a permanent fixture in the jawbone.

Enhanced Patient Comfort

Patients often experience greater comfort with TADs compared to other orthodontic appliances. TADs are small and streamlined, causing minimal interference with daily activities such as eating, speaking, and oral hygiene routines.

Predictable Outcomes

Due to their stable anchorage and precise control over forces, TADs contribute to more predictable treatment outcomes. Orthodontists can plan and execute tooth movements with greater accuracy, ensuring that treatment goals are achieved effectively.

Complementary to Other Treatments

TADs can be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances, such as braces or clear aligners, to optimize treatment results. They provide additional support and flexibility in addressing complex orthodontic cases.

Considerations and Maintenance

  1. Monitoring: Regular monitoring by our orthodontist at Orthodontic Nations is essential to ensure TADs remain stable and effective throughout treatment.
  2. Hygiene: Patients should maintain excellent oral hygiene around TADs to prevent complications such as inflammation or infection.
  3. Follow-Up: Orthodontists provide specific instructions on care and potential signs of complications that may require prompt attention.


Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) represent a significant advancement in orthodontics, offering orthodontists precise control over tooth movement and treatment outcomes. At Orthodontic Nations in The Woodlands TX, we specialize in utilizing TADs to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of orthodontic treatments, ensuring our patients achieve beautiful, functional smiles with optimal comfort and convenience.

If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, don't hesitate to contact Orthodontic Nations. We're here to help you every step of the way, ensuring a positive and rewarding orthodontic experience. Call us at (936) 242-0788 or visit us at 3091 College Park Dr., Suite 310, The Woodlands TX 77384.


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