Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
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. Once the area is numb, Dr. Sanders will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing is quick and may be over before you know it. While the doctor is 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 when 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 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 as soon as possible.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. Using a warm salt water rinse will also help to keep the area clean.