In certain cases, our orthodontist may recommend temporary anchorage devices (TADs), also known as orthodontic mini implants. This innovative orthodontic technology is effective in aligning teeth for superior results by combining traditional orthodontics with implant technology. TADs are small titanium screws that are temporarily inserted into your bone between the roots of the teeth to enhance orthodontic anchorage. TADs may be used to overcome the limitations patients may experience with large tooth movements as part of the orthodontic treatment process. There is minimal or no discomfort when having a TAD inserted because the bone tissue does not have nerve endings. A local anesthesia is used to ensure you are comfortable at your appointment. In most cases, we can insert the TAD in only one appointment at our office.

To learn more about TADs and how a temporary anchorage device can help improve the success of your orthodontic treatment, we invite you to contact one of our convenient offices in Maple Valley and Enumclaw, Washington, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Kirby Nelson.