Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) can be used alone or in combination with braces to help make tooth movement go more quickly and comfortably.
A temporary anchorage device, or TAD, is a small titanium anchor that is used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve faster, more efficient tooth movement.
TADs can be used in combination with braces or as a headgear alternative.
First, the orthodontist will use a strong anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the spot where the TAD will be placed.
Once the area has been numbed, the orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and anchor it securely into the jawbone.
Placing a TAD is a relatively quick procedure.
You may feel slight pressure while your doctor is placing the TAD, but within a day after it has been placed, you will no longer be able to feel it at all.
Once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth, the TAD will be removed.
Removing a TAD is a procedure that only takes a few minutes.
If you do feel any discomfort related to your TAD, we recommend Tylenol® to help relieve your pain. If you are still experiencing pain or discomfort multiple days after your treatment, please contact our office as soon as possible.
A TAD is cleaned the same way braces are: by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and thoroughly. When your TAD is placed, we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.