When possible, orthodontists use the back teeth as an anchor to bring about the movement of other teeth, but in many cases, using TADS can change that. These mini-implants can eliminate the need to use teeth as anchors, they can also provide an anchorage point for a pushing or pulling force that would otherwise need to be applied from outside the mouth: generally, via orthodontic headgear which can be uncomfortable. The use of TADS offers other benefits such as shorter overall treatment time and elimination of the need to wear elastics.
These small screw-like devices are placed into the bone of the jaw. Placing and removing TADS is a minimally-invasive, pain-free procedure. After the area being treated is numbed, the patient feels only gentle pressure as the device is inserted. The whole process takes a few minutes to complete. While they're in place, TADS require minimal maintenance. Generally, they should be brushed twice daily with a soft toothbrush dipped in an antimicrobial solution.
For those orthodontic patients who need TADS, it's a treatment option that offers many benefits.