Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
For a comfortable and quicker teeth alignment, Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are used along with braces or as a substitute for headgear. They are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases that speed up teeth movement for better and faster results.
How are TADs placed?
The gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area is numbed with a strong anesthetic. Once the area is numb, your doctor will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. You may not even feel it and before you know it, the TAD is already inside your gum! You might feel a bit uneasy for a day after that, which is quite common, but you will get used to it soon. Once your teeth are perfectly in place, the TADs are removed from your gums within just a few minutes.
Experiencing discomfort with your TAD?
Some patients might feel certain discomfort from TADs placed in the gum. There is nothing to worry about, you can just take Tylenol® to relieve your pain. However, in case of continued discomfort for days after your treatment, please contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Keeping your TAD clean
Just like braces have to be cleaned regularly to prevent accumulation of food particles or bacterial growth, TAD also have to cleaned by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. You will be given a special antimicrobial mouthwash that you will have to to use twice a day.
Feel free to ask any questions that you might have about TAD and we will be glad to provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.