Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)


Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS) are titanium-alloy miniature screws that provide the fixed anchorage required to realize the efficiency of the orthodontic treatment. They range from 6 to 12 millimeters in length and 1.2 to 2.0 millimeters in diameter. TADs are fastened to the bone temporarily so that they act as anchors for budging specific teeth.

Usually, orthodontists utilize holding arches, also referred to as space maintainers, and headgear to foster anchorage and limit the shifting of some teeth while performing the required budging of other teeth. TADS enable orthodontists to solve the difficulties of holding arches and headgear so that they can carry out the various teeth movements as expected.

In addition to making the process predictable, TADs also ensure less time is spent on treatment. The orthodontist and the oral surgeon such as Dr. Dhadli work together for the success of the TAD placement. The placing and taking out of TADs is a simple surgical procedure. We normally perform it in our office in Hillsboro, Oregon, using local anesthesia.

The mouth should be hygienic prior to and after the procedure to lower the risks of contracting infections. Generally, keep to every one of the post-operative guidelines so that you can have a comfortable experience. Usually, most individuals are able to go back to their normal activities the same day after the surgery.

Dr. Dhadli has excellent skills in the placing of TADs. Therefore, if your orthodontist has recommended this option, please get in touch with us for assistance.