TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are small titanium screws or plates temporarily placed into the jawbone to provide a fixed point for tooth movement during orthodontic treatment. TADs can be used to achieve more complex tooth movements that would not be possible with traditional orthodontic appliances alone.


Using TADs can help to reduce treatment time, increase treatment options, and reduce the need for more invasive orthodontic treatments such as jaw surgery. TADs are also minimally invasive and can be easily removed once they are no longer needed.


The placement of TADs is a simple and quick procedure that is performed in the orthodontist’s office using local anesthesia. Once the TAD is in place, a small orthodontic wire is attached to provide the necessary anchorage for tooth movement.


Caring for TADs is simple and involves maintaining good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly. Patients should also avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge the TAD.

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment and your orthodontist recommends TADs, don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have. TADs can be a valuable tool in achieving a beautiful, healthy smile.