The process of repositioning crooked teeth is a relatively slow and complex endeavor. To obtain the necessary tension, conventional orthodontic braces require wires and brackets that are bonded to your teeth. As anchors, however, teeth may shift undesirably under the tension, which can create further complications regarding your bite alignment. A temporary anchorage device, or TAD, describes a dental implant that is placed for the sole purpose of providing temporary support for tooth movement. A direct anchor provides a source to guide teeth towards or away from, while an indirect anchor can be attached to other anchor teeth to prevent them from moving.

The Advantages of TADs

  • Temporary anchorage devices offer several advantages, such as decreased treatment time and a significantly lower risk of unwanted tooth movement.
  • Because there is no need for extraneous anchorage equipment, like orthodontic head gear, TADs are a more discreet and esthetically-pleasing solution to repositioning teeth.
  • Planning for TADs is similar to planning for dental implant placement, and involves highly-accurate imaging technology, including digital X-rays and CBCT (cone beam computed tomography). Therefore, the placement of your TAD will be precisely planned for optimal results.

Can a TAD Move Your Teeth More Successfully?

An implanted temporary anchorage device may be a better and more discreet alternative to traditional orthodontic braces. To find out if you qualify for a TAD, schedule a consultation by emailing info@highplainsperio.com, or calling our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.

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