Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.

How Are TADs Placed?

Our team will use a strong anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and jaw surrounding the area where we will place the TAD. Once the area is numb, our doctor will place the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. While we’re placing the TAD in your mouth, you might experience some discomfort but within a day you will no longer feel the TAD. 
What Can I Do To Relieve Discomfort Caused By TADs?
We recommended that you take Tylenol® to help relieve your pain. If the pain does continue days after your treatment, please contact us as soon as possible.
How Do I Keep My TAD Clean?
Make sure that you’re brushing your teeth at least three times a day. We will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will use twice a day.

If you have any more questions about TADs, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
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