Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TAD’s, are medical grade titanium-alloy mini-screws, ranging from 6 to 12mm in length and roughly 1.5mm in diameter. They are fixed to bone temporarily, enhancing Dr. Moshiri’s ability to move your teeth in predictable directions. TAD’s are placed in the bone between roots of the teeth, or can be placed in the bone at the roof of the mouth. The implants are normally placed under topical (gel) anesthesia, with minimal discomfort to the patient. The implants are also removed, in most cases, without anesthesia when Dr. Moshiri has finished using the implant for its desired purpose.

This is how mini implant treatment looks like

How is a TAD placed and does it hurt?

Placement is minimally invasive and often completed using topical anesthetic gel. Dr. Moshiri will insert the TAD directly into bone using a special instrument. There is little or no discomfort because there are no nerve endings in the bone tissue. The procedure takes about 10 minutes to place per TAD. Once inserted, Dr. Moshiri is able to use the TAD for orthodontic anchorage immediately.

Benefits of TAD’s

  • Greater patient comfort and potentially shortened treatment times.
  • Minimizes procedures such as extractions, root canals, and orthognathic surgery.
  • Reduces or eliminates use of inconvenient appliances like headgear.

Download our TAD’S handout for more information.