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Microimplants

In orthodontics in order to move teeth, we have to use other teeth in the same or in the opposite dental arch, as anchor units. Orthodontic forces can nevertheless cause undesired tooth movements. Different appliances, such as Headgear, have been used by the orthodontist to reinforce the anchor units and minimized undesired tooth movement.
General Dentistry and Oral Surgery have provided Orthodontics the idea of using implants as rigid anchorage. These implants are relatively small, a few milimitres long, which is the reason they are called microimplants. They are being placed at the stage of the treatment when anchorage is mostly needed, and can be easily removed later on. Due to the small size, it is possible to position them between the roots of adjacent teeth just inside the lips, or in the palate.