Temporary Anchorage Devices
Temporary Anchorage Devices or TADs, are used to move teeth into proper position without the need for headgear. TADs are usually small plates or implants that are temporarily fixed to the roof of the mouth or jaw to provide orthodontic anchorage. They allow misaligned teeth to be moved into proper position. Typically TADs achieve more precise repositioning with far less discomfort and inconvenience and higher success rates than the bulkier headgear alternatives.
Exposure of Impacted Teeth & Bond
When a tooth cannot erupt into its proper place, it is considered impacted. Most often impaction occurs in Wisdom Teeth. In rare occasions, other teeth get “stuck.” Next, to the third molars, the maxillary cuspids (canines) are the second most common teeth to be affected by impaction. The maxillary cuspids play an essential role in your bite, they have the longest roots, and are designed to be the first teeth to touch when your jaws meet. Since the maxillary cuspids are the last of the Anterior (Front) teeth, they might meet resistance or not have enough room to erupt properly. When these teeth are impacted, every effort is made to help them in the eruption process. A small incision is done to expose just enough of the tooth surface to attach a device that will assist the eruption. This procedure is performed after careful coordination between Dr. Navid Senehi, and your Orthodontist to ensure the most desirable results.