Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
TAD’s (or mini screws) are small pins that are used when we need reinforcement in order to move teeth to their final optimal positions. They are a very good substitute to extra-oral reinforcement (headgear) and are also used when we want to move teeth but we don’t have enough “anchorage” teeth (due to extractions for example).
They are made of titanium (fully bio-compatible) and their placement is done by the orthodontist with light local anesthetic. They stay in place only as long as they are needed (approximately 9 months) and their removal very often doesn’t even need a local anesthetic