One of the many important advances in orthodontics over the last 25 years has been the development of miniature dental implants, or miniscrew implants, which are also known as temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. The miniscrews act as anchors which are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move. Before miniscrews/TADs, orthodontists who wanted to move some teeth while keeping others still, or to achieve orthodontic movement in a mouth with missing teeth, had to rely on headgear for their fixed point. But miniscrews now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discrete, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.
Miniscrew implants may not be recommended for everyone, and in fact, TADs at all may not be needed. Contact us if you’d like to know more about miniscrew implants/TADs and how they can potentially prevent you from needing orthodontic headgear!