Orthodontists sometimes apply TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices) to help make the tooth movement process go more quickly and comfortably.
TADs are small titanium anchors that an orthodontist may use in certain cases to help the tooth movement process go more quickly. These devices may be used either in combination with braces, or by themselves as an alternative to headgear.
TADs are placed using a quick procedure. A strong anesthetic is used to numb the gum and jaw tissue in the area around where the TAD will be placed. Then, the orthodontist will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. It will all be over in no time!
At first, you may feel a little discomfort after your TAD has been placed. This will fade in short order, but in the meantime, take an over-the-counter painkiller for relief.
How do I care for my TAD?
TADs are cleaned just like braces are: by brushing your teeth 3 times a day. We’ll also give you an antimicrobial mouthwash that you’ll need to use 2 times a day.