Mini Implants (TADs) in Orthodontics
New technologies and innovative orthodontic solutions are giving clinicians the tools to treat cases that, in the past, would have been deemed too challenging to correct with a high degree of success. Today’s orthodontic patients, even those with significant differences in their upper and lower jaw positions, may achieve a beautiful smile without undergoing surgery and or enduring embarrassing headgear previously required for successful treatment. Mini dental implants are a wonderful example of how far the field of orthodontics has progressed in providing more advanced care to patients. Dr. Pagan has been using mini implants since they were first approved by the Food and Drug Administration for orthodontic use. He has placed hundreds of mini implants as a part of orthodontic treatment for his patients.
What are mini implants?
Mini implants are most often referred to by dentists and orthodontists in one of two ways, as temporary anchorage devices (TADs) or as mini implants. Either word describes a very small, removable, thoughtfully-designed miniscrew that the orthodontist can use to help move teeth in ways previously difficult or impossible to achieve with braces alone. It all has to do with something called orthodontic “anchorage”.
How much do mini implants cost?
There is no additional charge for mini implants which need to be placed during orthodontic treatment at our office. For Dr. Pagan, mini implants are an essential part of some treatments and should not be used only when financially viable for patients.
Orthodontic Anchorage 101
Orthodontists move teeth using relatively simple mechanical principles. One of the great wonders of the human body is that teeth can actually move through bone. Dentists long ago discovered that if you push on a tooth, it moves. So, if you put braces on teeth and put wires through those braces, you can control how the teeth are pushing and pulling on each other to get the movements that you would like. When an orthodontist moves your teeth he pits one tooth or one group of teeth against another. The teeth being used to move other teeth are called “anchors” and the anchor’s ability to hold it’s position while pulling or pushing teeth is called “anchorage”. Since mini implants aren’t teeth and don’t move, they are very very good anchors! Good orthodontic anchors allow orthodontists to do amazing things with teeth. With mini implants, a precise anchorage site can be chosen by clinicians based on a patient’s needs. This level of customization allows Dr. Pagan to optimize the results and increase the level of tooth movement that’s achievable.