Skeletal Orthodontic Anchorage

Have you heard the expression,
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction?”

In orthodontics this concept can become a problem when the orthodontist attempts to move a tooth by pushing or pulling it against adjacent teeth. If the teeth that are being pushed or pulled against do the moving and not the tooth intended to move this is called “loss of anchorage.” A new technology to aide your orthodontist in the movement of your teeth quicker and with more stability is called skeletal orthodontic anchorage. With this technology, specially designed small bone plates or pins can be placed in the jaw bone around or between teeth. This allows the orthodontist to use the bone as “anchorage”, not the teeth. These techniques can lead to faster and more successful orthodontic treatment. 

These plates and pins can be placed during a short procedure, in the office, using local anesthesia. There is minimal postoperative pain and swelling. Usually, Tylenol or Motrin is all that is necessary for pain. Usually your orthodontist will start utilizing the device immediately. A few months later, when your orthodontist no longer needs the devices, they will require removal by your doctor. This is usually a very quick procedure, sometimes requiring minimal local anesthesia.

Dr. Orentlicher and Dr. Horowitz are regional and national lecturers on the technology of Skeletal Orthodontic Anchorage.