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In certain cases, our orthodontist, Dr. Michelle Wulf, may suggest temporary anchorage devices (TADs), also known as orthodontic mini implants. This orthodontic technology can align your teeth by combining traditional orthodontics with implant technology. TADs are small titanium screws that are temporarily inserted into your bone between the roots of the teeth.

There is minimal or no discomfort when having a TAD inserted because the bone tissue does not have nerve endings. During your treatment, we typically use a local anesthesia to ensure that the procedure is comfortable and relaxing. In most cases, we can insert the TAD in only one appointment to our office.

TADs can shorten your treatment time and can avert the need for jaw surgery. TADs is a great option for moving just one or several teeth without the need for a full set of braces. To learn more about TADs in Council Bluffs, Iowa, call Southwest Orthodontics at 712-323-7589 today to schedule your appointment.