Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This means that in order to move misaligned teeth, orthodontists must use the other teeth in the mouth as an anchor to push or pull against. Sometimes this may cause undesired side effects, or perhaps the other teeth are not stable enough to serve as a proper anchor. In these cases, orthodontists may use an orthodontic appliance known as a temporary anchorage device (TAD) to provide better anchorage and avoid side effects. TAD’s are small metal pins that are placed into the jaw bone in order to provide a more stable anchor with which to move the teeth. They are used with braces to facilitate more effective tooth movement. They can even be used in place of headgear in certain cases.
How are TADs placed?
Topical anesthetic is applied to numb the gums in the area where the TAD is to be placed. You’ll feel a slight pressure as the orthodontist gently sets the TAD in the jaw bone through the gum tissue. The process takes only minutes. Most patients are surprised at how painless the procedure is. The TAD remains for the duration of the treatment. Removal is just as quick and painless as installation.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
In rare instances where discomfort remains after the procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol® are enough to alleviate the pain. If the discomfort is unmitigated days after, please visit us for a check-up immediately.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
Just like with braces, brushing three times daily will maintain and keep your TAD clean. An antimicrobial mouthwash to be used twice daily following the procedure is also provided. This makes sure no infection occurs.
Contact us for any inquiries you have regarding TADs or other orthodontic treatments.