TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) are orthodontic appliances that help make the tooth movement process go more quickly and comfortably.
TADs are small titanium anchors that help the tooth movement process go more quickly. Orthodontists may prescribe these devices in combination with braces, or alone as an alternative to headgear.
The process by which TADs are placed doesn't take long, and causes little or no discomfort. First, a strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum and jaw tissue in the area in which the TAD will be placed. The orthodontist will then gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone.
You may feel a little discomfort directly after your TAD has been placed. This will fade quite quickly, but in the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller for relief.
How do I care for my TAD?
Clean your TADs just like braces you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth 3 times a day. We’ll also give you an antimicrobial mouthwash to use 2 times a day.