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Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchoring devices, or TADs, are tiny titanium anchors used in some orthodontic situations to aid promote more efficient and comfortable tooth movement. In conjunction with braces, TADs may be utilized.

How are TADs placed?

The gum tissue and jaw around the region where the TAD will be implanted are numbed with a powerful anesthetic. Your doctor will carefully implant the TAD through the gum tissue and securely into the jawbone after the region is numb. The procedure for implanting a TAD happens quickly, it might be finished before you realize it. You may feel mild pressure as your doctor places the TAD, but you will no longer be able to feel it after a day or so. When your treatment is finished, or when it is no longer required to assist straighten your teeth, your TAD is removed. TAD removal is a simple and painless treatment that takes just a few minutes.

What can I do to relieve the discomfort caused by my TAD?

If you experience any pain as a result of having your TADs implanted, Tylenol® may be prescribed to assist reduce your discomfort. Please visit your doctor as soon as possible if you continue to experience pain days following your treatment.

How can I keep my TAD clean?

Cleaning a TAD is similar to cleaning braces: brushing your teeth at least three times a day. We will also supply you with an antibacterial mouthwash to use twice a day after your TAD is implanted.

Please contact our office if you have any inquiries concerning TADs. We’ll be able to answer any questions you have and supply you with comprehensive information regarding your orthodontic treatment.