If you’ve never heard of TADs, then let’s take a look at what it is and how it can improve your oral health. A temporary anchorage device, or TAD, is a small titanium anchor that is used to move teeth quicker and more efficiently when they are worn with braces. They can also be used as an alternative to headgear that may be recommended in certain cases.
When you are getting TADs placed on your braces, a strong anesthetic will be used on the tissues of the gum and the jaw where the device will be placed. When the numbing is complete, the TAD will be placed through the tissue of the gum and into the jawbone. You might feel some pressure during placement, but it’ll be done in no time.
This procedure is quick, so you’ll be in and out in the blink of an eye. After a few days, you won’t even know the TAD is there. When orthodontic treatment is complete, the TAD will be removed. This only takes a few minutes, and the procedure is rather comfortable.
There may be some discomfort after your TAD is placed. If you are in pain, Tylenol or some other over the counter pain medication is recommended in order to alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing. This should only last for a few days, so if you continue to experience pain contact your dentist about your treatment.
You can keep your TAD clean in the same way you keep your braces clean. Brush 3 times a day and use the antimicrobial mouthwash provided to rinse your teeth twice each day. This will allow your teeth to be as clean and healthy as possible so that treatment is not prolonged due to any dental issues.
If you have questions about TADs and other devices to help your orthodontic treatment be more effective, contact our dental practice. We will be sure to answer any questions you may have with detailed answers about orthodontic treatment for your smile.