TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICE (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small, screw-like titanium implants used to help teeth move quicker, more efficiently, and more comfortably. TADs act as anchors – a fixed point around which other things can be moved. TADs may be used as an alternative to headgear or in addition to braces.
HOW ARE the TADS PLACED?
First, x-rays are used to survey the tooth root position to make sure the TAD can be placed and will not hit any vital structures such as nerves or sinuses. The gum tissue and jaw surrounding the area will be numbed using anesthetic and your orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. You may feel slight pressure during the placement of the TAD, but the process is quick and within one day, you will not be able to feel the device. Once your treatment is complete or the TAD is no longer needed to straighten teeth, the device will be removed. The TAD removal process is a quick, comfortable procedure similar to the placement progress.
HOW CAN I RELIEVE DISCOMFORT CAUSED BY MY TAD?
If you experience any discomfort after your TAD is placed, you can try taking a pain reliever. If your discomfort continues, please contact your dentist as soon as possible.
HOW DO I KEEP MY TAD CLEAN?
The TAD device requires no extra cleaning outside of your normal routine - simply brush your teeth at least three times a day and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash twice a day to keep your TAD clean.If you have any questions about your TAD device, please contact us and we can provide you with detailed information regarding your orthodontic treatment.