Orthodontic Mini Implants

The past several years have seen tremendous advancements in braces technology. Using Orthodontic Mini Implants or "Pins" is a part of this rapidly developing technology.

The "Pins" provide Dr. Mooney a fixed anchor for space closure, molar uprighting, correction of open bites and many other tooth movements. In this way the Doctors are able to get results that may not have been accomplished with braces alone. The advantages to the patient include, greater comfort, i.e. no headgear, lip bumpers and other auxiliaries; speeds treatment and drastically reduces compliance required. Placing the Pins is done in the office and is virtually pain free.



What is an Orthodontic Mini Implant?
A Pin that we place in the mouth. Orthodontic "Pins" are made of titanium, are about half the length of your thumbnail, and no wider than the head of a straight pin.

How exactly is the "Pin" positioned? Unlike other types of dental implants, placement is minimally invasive. They are inserted directly into the jaw using a special instrument. They are strategically placed to move the teeth that need moving, without compromising the position of teeth that don't need to be moved. There is little or no discomfort because there are no nerve endings in the outer layer of bone tissue. You may feel some slight pressure during insertion but no pain. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes. Once placed, Dr. Mooney is able to use the pins as orthodontic anchorage immediately.

How long will the "Pin" need to stay in place? As the name implies, the anchorage device is temporary and is typically removed in a few months when it is no longer needed to assist in tooth movement.


1. What if the "Pin" comes loose?
On occasion, a Pin might become a little loose. In most cases this minor mobility is nothing to be concerned about; however, if you feel the Pin is excessively loose, or it is causing you discomfort, call the office and we’ll make an appointment to see you to determine what needs to be done.

2. How do I keep it clean?
Rinse with chlorhexidine two to three times per day for the first seven days. Dip a soft toothbrush in the chlorhexidine and brush lightly around the pin during the first week. Brush the pin as if it is a tooth thereafter. Contact the office if you experience any swelling or persistent pain.

Mini implants are becoming a necessary part of progressive orthodontic practices. They enable accurate, predictable tooth movement by providing stable non-movable anchor units. They decrease treatment time by helping teeth move more precisely and efficiently. They also help to convert a case that may need jaw surgery into not requiring it anymore! However as with everything else in the practice of orthodontics, the expertise of the orthodontist with the "Pins" will influence the final results. We are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting technology and feel confident that your experience with it will be comfortable and the results exemplary.