TADs represent a major advance for patients requiring orthodontic work. Similar to temporary dental implants, these devices are not used to mount artificial teeth, but rather to anchor braces. Some patients may wonder why teeth would not be used for anchorage, as they usually are during orthodontic treatment. The devices are used in cases where such force or distance is necessary for tooth movement that using conventional anchorage would take excessive time or pull other teeth out of place. Here is more about temporary anchorage devices and how they benefit patients.
What These Devices Do
These orthodontic devices perform the same function as teeth during treatment with braces, but provide anchorage points that are more stable. While most tooth movements can be achieved in normal time by using opposing and adjacent teeth for anchorage, some bite corrections are not so simple. For example, moving molars forward a significant distance could take several years using normal techniques. Meanwhile, other teeth might be pulled out of place in the process. Past treatment of such issues was often achieved with headgear, but many patients would prefer to avoid this extra equipment, as well as excessively long treatment. Treatment time using these anchorage devices, therefore, can be faster and more discreet. Finally, these devices can make extractions and other complex procedures unnecessary for good orthodontic results.
How These Devices Work
Temporary anchorage devices are placed under local anesthesia. After making an incision in the gums, our Houston orthodontist places the device into the jaw bone. Recovery is simple and generally involves only mild discomfort for one to two days. After orthodontic treatment is finished, the anchorage devices are quickly and comfortably removed.
For patients who need them, anchorage devices can simplify and streamline orthodontic treatment. Faster treatment and better results are possible for eligible patients. By making headgear unnecessary in many cases, TADS can even serve cosmetic purposes. Patients who want to learn more about anchorage devices and their role in orthodontics can schedule a consultation with our dentist in Houston.
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