Broadening the Scope of Lingual Treatment Opportunities Using Palatal TADs


Currently, the alveolar process is the most preferred insertion site for TADs. However, due to the varying bone quality and the risk of root contact and damage, the survival rate of implants inserted in the alveolar ridge still needs improvement.

Other regions, such as the anterior palate provides much better conditions for TAD insertion, since the amount and quality of the available bone is far superior. Mini-Implants with different types of abutments and connectors allow the construction of versatile and cost efficient appliances for a large variety of orthodontic applications in lingual orthodontics.

Utilising TADs in the anterior palate eliminates the risk of root injury and takes the implants out of the path of tooth movement. The lecture will show different designs and problems using palatal TADs in combination with lingual brackets.


Dr Wilmes completed his postgraduate training in oral surgery at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Muenster, Germany.

Subsequently, he received a postgraduate degree in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the University of the Duesseldorf, Germany. In 2013 he became Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Duesseldorf.

Dr Wilmes is author of more than 100 articles and textbook chapters. He is reviewer of numerous journals and has held more than 300 lectures and courses in 60 different countries all over the world. His primary interest is in the area of non-compliant and invisible orthodontic treatment strategies (TADs, lingual orthodontics and aligner).

Dr Wilmes was awarded the First Prize of the German Orthodontic Society in 2007, the First Prize of the European Orthodontic Society in 2009.