TADsDr. Tammy Meister is proud to offer Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) as well as many other orthodontic treatments.

What are TADs?

  • TADs are mini screw anchors made of biocompatible titanium alloy inserted into your gum and jawbone, which greatly assist with the precise movement of your teeth.
  • They are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move.

Before 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 TADs now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discrete, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.

Temporary anchorage devices may not be recommended for everyone, and in fact, anchorage devices at all may not be needed in all cases. Contact our St. Paul Orthodontics office if you’d like to know more about TADs and how they can potentially prevent you from needing orthodontic headgear. You can also visit our FAQ page to fine answers to any questions you may have about TADs.