Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices are small titanium anchors that can help achieve quicker tooth movement in some cases. They also have added efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
How are TADs placed?
An anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue in the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, your orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and will be over before you know it. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure. Within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD, however. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD takes just a few minutes and is comfortable.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
You shouldn’t feel much if any discomfort, but if you do after your TAD is placed, Tylenol® is recommended to help relieve your pain. If you continue to experience discomfort days after your treatment, please contact Dr. Gire as soon as possible.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
A TAD should be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day.