“Toothborne anchorage is one of the greatest limitations of modern orthodontic treatment because teeth move in response to forces.”– Thomas D. Creekmore
Wait! Don’t we want teeth to move in response to forces?
At the orthodontic office of Dr. Eckstein and Dr. Yusupov, we are committed to providing state-of-the-art technology and techniques. Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are an example of the technology we can use that can reduce your time in braces and provide a better result.
These small, temporary anchorage devices are used for more precise movement, eliminating any unwanted movements. When moving teeth with braces, we often push or pull against other teeth. In certain situations, this may cause unwanted movements. In these cases, we can use temporary anchorage devices to supply anchorage, instead of other teeth, eliminating any side effects of pushing or pulling on teeth we don’t want to move. Research has shown that the temporary anchorage devices will not move during orthodontic force application, and will provide the necessary anchorage for the movement of teeth.
Orthodontic treatment with temporary anchorage devices begins with the placement of braces just like any other orthodontic case. After choosing the placement site, the temporary anchorage devices are placed with only a topical anesthetic jelly – this is a needle/injection free office!
Watch an orthodontist place a TAD on himself