Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
For some orthodontic patients braces alone cannot provide the movement we need to ensure the most ideal smile. Temporary anchorage devices are one tool Dr. Gire uses to insure quicker, predictable, tooth movements with the highest level of efficiency and comfort. TADs are used in addition to braces and aligners and can be a great option for certain movements.
What should I expect during placement?
Dr. Gire will use anesthetic to numb the gum tissue in the area where the TAD is to be placed. The TAD is then placed through the gum and secured into the jawbone. It sounds terrifying but it’s a quick procedure during which you should only feel slight pressure. It should only take a day or so to get used to the TAD and then you won’t even realize it’s there. The TAD is removed once your treatment is completed or when Dr. Gire feels there is no further need for its use in your treatment.
Are TADs painful?
There shouldn’t be discomfort associated with your TAD. However, in the first few hours after it is placed you may notice some sensitivity and there could be a small amount of discomfort. Dr. Gire recommends an over the counter analgesic to help relieve any minor discomfort. After a day or so there should be no more discomfort.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
You will be instructed to clean your TADs the same way you clean your braces. Maintaining a good oral health routine is always important but especially so during orthodontic treatment. Brush your teeth three times a day and floss at least once. If you have issues with your TAD or questions about its care, don’t hesitate to contact our office.