Our orthodontist may use extraoral or intraoral anchorage systems to allow teeth to move toward or away from the anchorage system. Intraoral anchorage systems usually require another tooth to serve as an anchorage source to move other teeth. When creating an intraoral anchorage system, there are actions and reactions within the system which are not the most efficient. To minimize negative reactions or if an absolute anchorage system is needed, we use temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, which are mini implants inserted into the bone.

TADs are used to intrude teeth, protract posterior teeth, retract teeth or serve as a tooth anchor for missing teeth. TADs can be used with both traditional braces or with Invisalign® clear aligners. The biggest advantage of using TADs for intrusion is that they do not change the position of your front teeth where they can become more gummy with the traditional anchorage system.

TADs offer several benefits, such as:

  • Speeding braces or aligner treatment to reduce overall treatment time
  • Potentially averting the need for jaw surgery
  • Offering an option to move just one or several teeth without the need for a full set of braces.

Our orthodontist will monitor your treatment to determine how long your TADs should remain in place and ensure that your smile is progressing as planned.

Contact Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics today at 402-614-7022 to learn more about TAD therapy in La Vista, Nebraska, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Taera Kim.