Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium implants that are used for some patients to help assist in moving teeth that would otherwise not be possible with braces. TADs may be used in in conjunction with braces as an alternative to surgical orthodontics for some patients.
How are TADs placed?
An anesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. The placement of a TAD is typically a short procedure. While Dr. Matt is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure. Typically, any sensation or discomfort will subside within one day. Your TAD will be removed following the completion of your treatment. It may also be removed when our team deems it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. The removal of a TAD is a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
Discomfort may occur following the placement of a TAD, but typically is not long-lasting. Over the counter pain reducing products, such as Tylenol®, are. If discomfort persists, please contact our office as soon as possible.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
You can clean your TAD in the same manner you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day.
For questions regarding TADs, please contact our office.