Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TADs, are sometimes used to create specific tooth movement when there is not a suitable tooth to provide the anchor. TADs are often used in conjunction with braces but can be a headgear alternative. TADs are an efficient and effective method for moving a tooth or teeth in a specific direction. Often, the use of TADs achieves the movement of the tooth faster than alternative methods, which can reduce overall treatment time. TADs can be a useful part of several orthodontic treatments, including
- Closure of dental space
- Molar uprighting
How do TADs work?
TADS are a small screw made of medical-grade titanium that is temporarily placed into your gum and jaw bone and connected to the tooth that needs to move. This acts as an anchor for the tooth and creates the force necessary to shift the tooth into a precise position. As their name implies, TADS are temporary but fixed in place. They will be removed by your orthodontist once your tooth or teeth have shifted into their proper position.
First, your orthodontist will administer local anesthesia to the site where the TAD will be placed. This includes the surrounding gum tissue and jaw bone. Then, your orthodontist will quickly and carefully work to put the TAD through the gum and into the jaw bone. You may feel a slight pressure as the TAD is being placed, but you should feel no discomfort during this time. An over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can help relieve the initial discomfort of the TAD during the first day or two after the procedure.
Although the procedure to place the TADs are minimally invasive, the patient should not be able to feel the TAD at all after a short recovery. If you continue to feel discomfort after this time, please contact our office right away.
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Whether you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child or yourself, our greatest goal is to create a healthy, straight, and beautiful smile. If you are interested in braces for you or your child, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. We look forward to meeting you, and we appreciate the opportunity to provide you with the best of care at one of our state-of-the-art facilities.