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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. TADs can be used in conjunction with braces or instead of headgear.

How are TADs placed?

The gum tissue and jaw surrounding the area 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 numbing the area. The procedure for implanting a TAD is quick, and it could be over before you know it. You may feel slight pressure while your doctor places the TAD, but you will no longer be able to feel it after a day. When your treatment is finished, or when it is no longer needed, your TAD is removed. TAD removal is a simple and painless treatment that takes only a few minutes.

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

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

How can I keep my TAD clean?

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

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