Mini-implants were introduced at the start of the 21st century as a new means of precisely controlling tooth movements during some orthodontic treatments. They are used by orthodontists across the world to correct bite problems which would otherwise require jaw (orthognathic) surgery. Mini-implant techniques are now part of orthodontic specialist training.
An orthodontic implant is a very small (1.5 – 2 mm wide) customised titanium alloy screw which acts as an anchor point in the jaw. Mini-implants are frequently placed between the roots of teeth, but may also be sited in the roof of the mouth. They are then connected to a fixed brace to help move the teeth.
Duration of the treatment depends on the type of treatment and its goals. Mini-implants are generally in place between several months and years.