TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICE (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small, screw-like titanium anchors used to help teeth move more quickly, efficiently, and comfortably during your treatment. TADs act as anchors – a fixed point around which other things can be adjusted. TADs can be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
HOW ARE THE TADS PLACED?
First, the gum tissue and jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will placed will be numbed using anesthetic. Once the area is numb, your orthodontist will gently and quickly place the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. During the initial insertion, you may feel pressure when the TAD is placed but after a day you won’t notice the device. Once your treatment is complete and the TAD is no longer needed, the device will be removed in a procedure similar to the placement process.
HOW CAN I RELIEVE DISCOMFORT CAUSED BY MY TAD?
If you are experiencing any discomfort caused by your TAD, you can try taking a pain reliever. If the discomfort persists for days after insertion, please call us 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 would be happy to help you.
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