Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to better control tooth movement with efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used to close large spaces or help move multple teeth.
How are TADs placed?
A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. While we are placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you will no longer be able to feel it. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
If you do feel any discomfort from having your TADs placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact our office.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing carefully around it two or three times a day. When your TAD is placed, rinse with salt water for two or three days afterwards.
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.