Mini screw implants are small screws inserted into the bone during the orthodontic treatment for achieving stable anchorage during the treatment, and better results with minimum patients’ compliance.
Mini implants are part of a larger group of anchorage devices called temporary anchorage device (TAD). Over the past 10 to 15 years, several different skeletally based anchorage systems have been attempted clinically. The most important of these today is Mini screw implants which are placed usually under local infiltration only, and without any flap. Since there is no need for placement by surgeons and potential complications are relatively insignificant, many orthodontists place the mini screws by themselves.
The use of min screws widen the possibilities of the orthodontic treatment and enables also the treatment of some difficult orthodontic problems that could not be treated before without surgery, like severe open bites.