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Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Advancements in orthodontics have allowed movements that were at one time thought impossible to become possible. Since their approval by the FDA in 2005, TADs have been widely used in orthodontics for several applications. TADs, sometimes called mini-implants, are very small screws made from titanium that can range from 6-12 mm in length and on average 1.5mm in diameter. Since they are very small they appear to be a small piercing in the mouth. These small bio-compatible anchors are placed in your jawbone with topical anesthetic or sometimes local anesthetic. Only the gum where the TAD is being placed needs to be numb as the bone does not feel pain because there are no nerve endings. There m

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